UN role and reform

01 August 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Remembrance Ceremony for H.E. Beji Caid Essebsi, late President of the Republic of Tunisia

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18 July 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on Nelson Mandela International Day

Today, we commemorate the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and to the world.

We pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time.

Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion, forgiveness and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice. 

He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them.  

04 June 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Fifth Committee on "Improving the Financial Situation of the Organization"

I welcome this opportunity to introduce my report containing measures to resolve the financial crisis facing the Organization.
This crisis has been years in the making. There are many reasons for it and each requires a different response.
It is an unfortunate reality that we cannot continue to work around.
It is undermining the delivery of our mandates. 
It is undermining our reform efforts.

04 June 2019, General Assembly

Remarks on the election of Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande as President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly

It is my pleasure to congratulate Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande as President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Professor Bande, you bring many important and admirable qualifications to the job.
From your years as Permanent Representative of Nigeria, you know the United Nations well. 
From your wide-ranging academic pursuits, you are an expert in political science and public administration.

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15 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at wreath laying for victims of Ethiopian air crash

Dear colleagues and dear friends,
We come together in sadness and solidarity to pay tribute to our fellow UN family members who perished on Sunday. 
In doing so, we also remember all the victims of the air crash that claimed so many lives – including civil society partners and humanitarian workers.
We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes to their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.
With our condolences also to the people and the Government of Ethiopia.

11 March 2019, General Assembly

Remarks about plane crash in Ethiopia on 10 March 2019

(Delivered before the opening of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women)

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