Human Rights, democracy

06 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Observance of International Women's Day

I wish you all the best for International Women’s Day on Sunday.
Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: gender equality is a question of power.
Men have used and abused power to control women and prevent them from achieving their potential for millennia.

27 February 2020, New York City

Secretary-General António Guterres' remarks at the New School: "Women and Power"

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Dear students, dear friends,

It is a great pleasure to be here today. Thank you for honouring me with this degree and through me, the United Nations and our staff around the world.

The New School is a special place. I am an engineer by training and physics has been the biggest intellectual passion of my life. But I reserve my greatest admiration for artists, philosophers, social scientists and those who explain the world and make it more beautiful.

24 February 2020, Geneva

Remarks to the UN Human Rights Council: “The Highest Aspiration: A Call to Action for Human Rights"

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Distinguished President of the Human Rights Council,
Madame High Commissioner,

I would like to start by expressing my appreciation and admiration for the work being carried out by High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet and her Office.

Her personal history… her understanding of what it means for a society and an individual to suffer human rights violations… and her experience in advancing human rights as a world leader…

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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