Human Rights, democracy

21 October 2021, Security Council

Remarks at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

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Madam President, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. 

Madam President, we just came from the exhibition you mentioned and, indeed, we were seeing true women heroes and I think their struggle, their commitment, their courage, is an inspiration for us all and I would say that nothing could start better our debate than the testimony of this group of women heroes.

12 October 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council Ministerial Open Debate: "Peacebuilding and Sustainable Peace: Diversity, Statebuilding and the Search for Peace"

[Bilingual, as delivered]

My thanks to the government of Kenya for convening today’s debate on the important issue of diversity, statebuilding and peace.  

Your theme captures a crucial but often overlooked idea.  

That peace is not found in a piece of paper.

It is found in people.

More specifically, a diversity of people from different backgrounds coming together to chart a common course for a country.

Parties to conflict can agree to end hostilities.

08 October 2021, UN Headquarters

Statement on 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

I congratulate Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov on being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.  Throughout the world, a free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights — and the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions.  No society can be free and fair without journalists who are able to investigate wrongdoing, bring information to citizens, hold leaders accountable and speak truth to power.  

Yet anti-media rhetoric — and attacks against media workers — continue to rise.  

30 September 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-Level Side Event on Sudan 

Welcome to this virtual High-Level Side Event on Sudan. I thank Foreign Minister Eriksen Søreide for co-hosting this meeting.

Two years ago, we gathered here to celebrate the adoption of Sudan’s historic Constitutional Document and to express our solidarity and support to the new transitional Government, led by Prime Minister Hamdok.

28 June 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict

Madam President,    
Excellencies,

I thank the Government of Estonia for convening today’s Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict.

Conflict devastates societies and hits children particularly hard.

The start of 2021 has been no exception and, although monitoring of violations against children committed during 2021 will not be reported until my report of next year, I call on all parties to conflict to prioritize the prevention of violations against children and to engage in dialogue, ceasefires and peace processes.

23 June 2021, Brussels

Remarks at Press Encounter with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Thank you very much. It's a great pleasure to be back.

The European Union and in particular, the Commission, has been a very strong supporter of the UN in all the dimensions of our work. And so, this is the moment to express my deep gratitude and appreciation.

18 June 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Joint Thematic Event of the General Assembly and ECOSOC on Least Developed Countries: Diversifying the Financing Toolbox to Enhance Investment in Least Developed Countries

Excellencies,

Today’s event addresses one of the most important issues facing the Least Developed Countries, at a critical time.

As the pandemic continues to rage in many developing countries, and more deadly and contagious variants of the virus continue to emerge, the impact on the economies of the LDCs has been devastating.

The effects of COVID-19 are expected to lead to a significant decline in government and export revenues in most LDCs, both in absolute terms and as a share of Gross Domestic Product.

09 June 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Meeting of Group of Friends of Human Security

I am pleased to be with you to relaunch the Group of Friends of Human Security.

In our collective endeavour to tackle COVID-19 and chart a post-pandemic future that will ensure greater equity, opportunity and dignity for all, I believe the concept of human security is an essential framework.

This Group of Friends can be an important platform for advancing the application of human security in the work of the United Nations.

We face complex and major challenges

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.