U.N. Secretariat

25 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Excellencies, dear friends,

I am pleased to join you on this important day for the United Nations and for the world.

Violence against women and girls is a pervasive global human rights challenge, rooted in unequal gender power relations, structural inequality and discrimination.

That is why we launched the global UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.

The COVID-19 crisis has further exposed violence against women and girls as a global emergency requiring urgent action.

24 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at the Third Roundtable of Renowned Economists on Rebirthing the Global Economy

Welcome to this third roundtable on ‘Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development for All’.

Now, we launched these discussions to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and different perspectives to the table. 

Over these past months, we have greatly benefitted from the insights of distinguished women economists on debt, trade, finance, climate and decent jobs.   

This is critical as we face not only an unprecedented crisis — but also the opportunity to make real, foundational, and necessary change. 

The challenges loom large.

23 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at High-Level Interactive Dialogue with Heads of Regional and Other Organizations

Welcome and thank you for joining this virtual meeting, which is a demonstration of our shared commitment to multilateralism and our global partnership, even in these challenging times. 

I am particularly grateful to those colleagues who are joining from time zones very different from ours.

22 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at G20 Riyadh Summit

Our greatest defense against COVID-19 is solidarity and cooperation. 
In this context, G20 leadership is vital in three key areas. 
First, halting the further spread of the pandemic. 
Yesterday, I was encouraged by the broad recognition that vaccines – as well as tests and treatments – must be global public goods, available and affordable for all. 

20 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press briefing prior to the G20 Summit

A very good afternoon to all of you. 
This weekend, G20 leaders will meet as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our world.
I will take part and my main message is simple: 
We need solidarity and cooperation.
And we need concrete action now — especially for the most vulnerable. 
We must advance on two fronts:
First, recovering in a way that is inclusive — bringing everyone along.
Second, recovering in a way that is sustainable — meaning, above all, stepped-up climate action.

19 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks on Climate Action to European Council on Foreign Relations

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to speak today.

I will focus my remarks on the climate crisis and the need for heightened climate action.

Recently, we have seen recent encouraging responses.

The European Union, Japan and the Republic of Korea have pledged carbon neutrality by 2050, along with more than 110 other countries.

China says it will do so before 2060.

19 November 2020, UN Headquarters

remarks on Racism in the Workplace

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to this very important discussion on racism in the workplace.

I want to thank Dr. Kanem and our distinguished panel members who bring impressive expertise to this difficult issue.

Racism is a persistent scourge of our world.

People’s opportunities for education and employment, and their access to healthcare and justice, are often determined by their race.

Much of today’s racism is deeply entrenched in centuries of colonialism and slavery.  I am Portuguese – I think I know this story very well. 

18 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Youth4Climate Virtual Event

I thank the Government of Italy for convening this important conversation. 

And I thank the youth of our world – here and marching in the streets – for your inspiring engagement on the climate crisis. 

This is the most pressing issue of our time, especially for your generation. 

You are having a major impact, and we are starting to see signs that the tide is turning. 

Our goal is zero net emissions by 2050.  

We rely on young activists like yourselves to help us get there.  

16 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Executive Board of the World Food Programme

Excellencies and Dear colleagues,

It is an enormous pleasure to join you and I'd like to start if you allow me on a personal note.

The best years of my life were the years I spent as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

One of the reasons why they were the best years of my life was because I was able to work so closely with multiple programmes, providing protection and assistance to the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people around the world.

14 November 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the 11th UN-ASEAN Summit

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to join you for the 11th ASEAN-UN Summit, and I want to congratulate Viet Nam for its solidarity as ASEAN Chair and as member of the UN Security Council

I wish to start by expressing my deepest condolences on the loss of lives caused by the recent floods and landslides in Viet Nam. The United Nations stands with you.

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the international community is facing a ‘perfect storm’:

A global pandemic.

The climate emergency.