Human Rights, democracy

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. 

27 May 2020, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council open debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

I thank the Government of Estonia for convening this debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
 
Protecting civilians must be a joint effort by Governments, civil society and international organizations. I look forward to hearing the views of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mr. Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
 

08 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Hate Speech

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COVID-19 does not care who we are, where we live, what we believe or about any other distinction. We need every ounce of solidarity to tackle it together. Yet the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering.

04 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-Level Dialogue on Press Freedom and Tackling Disinformation in the COVID-19 Context

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06 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Group of Friends on Gender Parity

I want to express my deep gratitude to our co-Chairs - Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani and Ms. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee for your very strong leadership and your dedication to enhancing gender parity and gender equality at the United Nations and beyond.

09 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to 64th Commission on the Status of Women

I am very pleased to join you for the 64th Commission on the Status of Women.
 
I am truly saddened that the extraordinary circumstances ushered in by the spread of the coronavirus have left us no choice but to postpone the full session of the CSW and, instead, gather for just this one day.
 
I know that activists and women’s groups around the world share my disappointment.
 
But I also take heart because I know we remain committed to the cause of gender equality.