Human Rights, democracy

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. 

08 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Roundtable Discussion on Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping Contexts

[Bilingual, as delivered]

Excellencies, colleagues and friends,

Today, I have the honor of meeting – albeit remotely – four formidable women leaders who strive for peace in their regions and countries.

Thank you for joining us as we mark both the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and 20 years since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 that Melissa has referred. 

That resolution was a landmark -- a ground-breaking step spearheaded by the women’s movement and women leaders. 

08 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Launch of "Call to Action" following Roundtable Discussion on Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping Contexts

Indeed I wanted to launch a call to action, and to call on Governments, on the United Nations system - because it starts by us all and the way we behave - on Regional Organizations, African Union, European Union, many others, Civil Society Organizations, academia, and the wider international community to take bold actions to translate commitments into reality. 

To prioritize women’s leadership.

To invest in community-based women’s networks as equal partners. 

To embrace evidence-based decision-making through a gender data revolution. 

05 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-Level Event on Libya

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Thank you for participating in this meeting.
 
I would like to thank Germany for co-chairing this meeting with the United Nations and for its leadership demonstrated through the Berlin process.
 
Resolving the crisis in Libya remains a top priority for the United Nations.
 
The conflict has been going on for far too long and today we have an opportunity to recommit to its ending.
 

01 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the High-Level Meeting on the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women

Monsieur le Président,
Excellences,
Mesdames et Messieurs les Ministres,
Chers collègues,

À vous tous, bonjour et bonsoir.

C'est un plaisir de m'adresser à vous à l'occasion du 25ème anniversaire de la quatrième Conférence mondiale sur les femmes.

La Conférence de Beijing a été un moment charnière ; un point de repère ; un tournant.

Pour beaucoup d'entre nous, ce fut un temps de réflexion profonde.

25 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level side event: "Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead"

I welcome this event on the key question of equal participation and inclusion.
 
Today, political leaders face multiple crises:
 
The window to address climate change is almost shut. 

Inequalities and marginalization have reached new heights. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused human suffering on a massive scale, and brought economies to a standstill. 

25 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level side event: "Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead"

I welcome this event on the key question of equal participation and inclusion.
 
Today, political leaders face multiple crises:
 
The window to address climate change is almost shut. 

Inequalities and marginalization have reached new heights. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused human suffering on a massive scale, and brought economies to a standstill. 

19 August 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

It is a pleasure to join this important meeting of speakers of parliament.

From my own years as a parliamentarian and prime minister, I know the crucial role you play.

You are the embodiment of the opening words of the United Nations Charter: “We, the peoples.”

Sitting now in a different chair, I also know that the United Nations benefits greatly from your work.  You are critical partners in bringing the global to the local and the real concerns of people into the international arena.

Today your responsibilities are especially urgent and demanding.

20 July 2020, General Assembly

Remarks to Annual General Assembly Commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day and United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize Laureate Recognition

I am pleased to join you to celebrate the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela -- one of the greatest leaders of our time, a moral giant whose legacy continues to guide us today.

Let me also express condolences to Madiba’s family and the people of South Africa on the untimely passing of his daughter, Zindzi, this month.

On today’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day, I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to the 2020 laureates of the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize: Mrs. Marianna Vardinoyannis of Greece and Dr. Morissana Kouyate of Guinea.

18 July 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at Nelson Mandela Lecture: “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A New Social Contract for a New Era”

Secretary-General António Guterres delivers the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture virtually on Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

My dear friends, President Cyril Ramaphosa, excellencies, distinguished guests, friends,  

It is a privilege to join you in honouring Nelson Mandela, an extraordinary global leader, advocate, and role model.

I thank the Nelson Mandela Foundation for this opportunity and commend their work to keep his vision alive. And I send my deepest condolences to the Mandela family and to the Government and people of South Africa on the untimely passing of Ambassador Zindzi Mandela earlier this week. May she rest in peace.