UN role and reform

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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09 November 2018, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Open Debate on "Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations"

I thank China for using its presidency of the Security Council to highlight the importance of strengthening multilateralism and the role of the United Nations.
This discussion takes place just days before the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
That conflict was a colossal tragedy and a frightening harbinger of bloody decades to follow.
Europe was multipolar at that time – but that was not enough to keep violence at bay.

24 October 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at United Nations Day Concert

Happy United Nations Day to you all!
Today, we celebrate the birthday of our founding Charter – the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of “we the peoples”.
I thank the Permanent Mission of India for sponsoring this concert featuring the sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan, and his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash.
A special welcome as well to the Refugee Orchestra Project and its conductor.