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08 April 2021, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Open Debate on Mine Action

Mr. President,
Excellencies,  

Let me first congratulate His Excellency Foreign Minister Bui Son on his appointment and welcome him to the United Nations.

I thank Viet Nam for putting this important issue on the agenda and reminding us of the work left to do.

Landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices maim and kill indiscriminately.

They are left in the path of women walking to work, a family displaced by conflict and seeking safety, children on their way to school.

They crush lives and end livelihoods.

06 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Leaders' Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency: Delivering the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme 

Thank you very much. Excellencies,

I thank the African Development Bank and the Global Center for Adaption for convening us today.  

As the world confronts a pandemic, a recession and a climate crisis, the United Nations climate conference, COP26, in November, provides a compelling opportunity for Africa to turn ambition into reality.

In that context, it is clear that we need a breakthrough on adaptation – and I would like to highlight five imperatives for that to be possible:

06 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Leaders' Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency: Delivering the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme 

Thank you very much. Excellencies,

I thank the African Development Bank and the Global Center for Adaption for convening us today.  

As the world confronts a pandemic, a recession and a climate crisis, the United Nations climate conference, COP26, in November, provides a compelling opportunity for Africa to turn ambition into reality.

In that context, it is clear that we need a breakthrough on adaptation – and I would like to highlight five imperatives for that to be possible:

22 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the International Day of Nowruz

Excellencies, dear friends,

Thank you for bringing us together.

I am happy to join you and wish all of you a happy International Day of Nowruz.

Today, we mark a new year, a new beginning.

Nowruz unites us all.

It transcends national borders, religious divides and other differences.

It marks the richness of our diversity and reminds us all we have in common.

It fosters trust, friendship and good neighbourliness.

Its values powerfully resonate with those that we promote together at the United Nations every day and everywhere.

23 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at virtual meeting with the African Group 

Your Excellency Ammo Aziza Baroud,
Chairperson of the African Group,
Excellencies,

Let me begin by extending my deepest condolences to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania on the death of late President Joseph Magufuli.

Excellencies,

I welcome this opportunity to meet with the African Group at a critical moment.

We have entered the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I want to reiterate my full solidarity with the Governments and people of Africa. 

I commend Africa’s leadership in coordinating a continental response.

25 March 2021, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly event marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today we honour the memory of the millions of people of African descent who suffered immeasurably under the evil of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

We remember with humility the resilience of those who endured.

And we acknowledge the immense contributions slaves and their descendants have made to the economies and culture of the countries to which they were forcibly transported.

25 March 2021, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly event marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today we honour the memory of the millions of people of African descent who suffered immeasurably under the evil of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

We remember with humility the resilience of those who endured.

And we acknowledge the immense contributions slaves and their descendants have made to the economies and culture of the countries to which they were forcibly transported.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Generation Equality Forum, Mexico

[All-English version; Scroll down for Spanish, as delivered version]

I thank President Obrador for launching this Generation Equality Forum, in Mexico City and virtually, across the world.

My thanks go also to the Governments of France and Mexico and all other participants.

Twenty-six years ago, feminists, activists and young people focused collective action on achieving gender equality through the historic Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

You continue to drive progress toward that goal.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to High-Level Event on Debt and Liquidity 

Excellencies,
Distinguished participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,

We are at a turning point in the COVID-19 crisis.

The pandemic has cost over 2.7 million lives.

More than 120 million people have fallen into extreme poverty.

We are in the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Richer countries have benefited from an unprecedented $16 trillion of emergency support measures, preventing a downward spiral, and setting the stage for recovery.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Mr. Secretary, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield,

I welcome the many initiatives the new United States administration has already taken to support multilateral responses to global challenges, and to strengthen cooperation between the US and the UN. To mention just three:     

Rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change sends a message of hope to the world.

Re-committing to the World Health Organization is an important sign of solidarity with the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.