Human Rights, democracy

21 February 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Organizational Meeting of the 2020 Session of the Special Committee on Decolonization

Ladies and gentlemen,
It is for me an honour to open the 2020 session of the Special Committee in my capacity as President pro tempore.
When I addressed you last year, I spoke about my deep connection with the issue of decolonization, which is one of the defining mandates of our Organization.

18 February 2020, Kartarpur

Remarks to press at Kartarpur, Pakistan

This is a very emotional moment — and I cannot be here without having a very strong feeling. 
It is wonderful to see interfaith dialogue. It is wonderful to see in the same shrine today Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, maybe Hindus — all worshipping in harmony and in peace. 
This is the best symbol that we can give for a world in peace and for a world in which there is mutual respect and there is the acceptance of what is different — recognizing that diversity is a blessing, is a richness, not a threat. 

12 February 2020, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council Briefing on Children in Armed Conflict: Introducing Practical Guidance on the Integration of Child Protection Issues in Peace Processes

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11 February 2020, Security Council

Introductory remarks at Security Council open briefing on the Middle East

Monsieur le Ministre Philippe Goffin, Président du Conseil de sécurité,
Let me start by welcoming His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine and the members of his delegation.
I address you today with a deep sense of concern as we witness growing tensions and instability around the globe, particularly in the Middle East. 

04 February 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Committee on Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

I am very honoured to have presided over this first meeting of the year of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
I congratulate the Chair, Ambassador Cheikh Niang, and other members of the Bureau, on your election.
Last December, the General Assembly adopted all the resolutions on the Question of Palestine recommended by the Committee, including the one on its mandate.
This is a reaffirmation of how the work of the Committee is firmly rooted in the UN Charter and international law.

25 January 2020, New York

Remarks at Park East Synagogue Memorial Service in Honour of the Victims of the Holocaust

Rabbi Schneier, Holocaust survivors, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
It is a privilege to be here at Park East Synagogue again with you in solidarity and love, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, to remember the six million Jews and many others who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust, and to re-commit to preventing any repetition of those crimes.

27 January 2020, General Assembly

Remarks at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

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21 January 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of Exhibit Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Excellencies, Mr. Zoltan Matyash, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
It is an honour to be here with you today at the opening of this exhibit. The United Nations is fortunate to host such a deeply moving and important collection of photographs.
Seventy-five years ago, when soldiers of the Soviet army entered Auschwitz, they were stunned into silence by what they saw. The Nazis had attempted to hide some of the evidence of mass murder. But the millions of clothing items and tons of hair told their own appalling story.

18 December 2019, Rome

Remarks on Multilateral Solutions to Global Challenges at the Italian Senate

E’ un grande onore per me essere qui, a Palazzo Madama, per rivolgermi a voi e, tramite voi, a tutto il popolo italiano, per la mia ultima visita di quest’anno.

L'Italia è un partner fondamentale delle Nazioni Unite; il vostro paese dà un importante contributo alle operazioni di pace dell’ONU ed ospita alcune delle sue istituzioni.

25 October 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters on the recent demonstrations taking place around the world. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Ladies and Gentlemen of the media,
We are witnessing a wave of demonstrations around the world, from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean … from Europe to Africa and Asia.
Disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading to anything but quiet in streets and city squares.
Every situation is unique.
Some protests are triggered by economic issues – including rising prices, persistent inequality or financial systems that benefit elites. 
Others stem from political demands.