Human Rights, democracy

27 January 2020, General Assembly

Remarks at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

[Bilingual version, as delivered]

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.

28 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting

Let me start by recognizing Thailand, this year’s ASEAN Chair, for its leadership and valuable contributions. 
Since its inception at the height of the Cold War, ASEAN has shown the value of regional integration and shared approaches to local and global challenges.
ASEAN countries have worked together to prevent war and address violent extremism.  Like regional groups across the world, ASEAN has a crucial role to play, now more than ever, in conflict resolution and conflict prevention.

24 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the event: Leadership Matters - Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World

It is a great pleasure and a great honour to be here to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the giants of the 20th century, a global icon of peace and an advocate for the most vulnerable. I thank Prime Minister Modi and the Indian mission for convening this meeting.
Gandhiji’s vision and philosophy are pillars of the work of the United Nations. 

25 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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02 September 2019, Kinshasa

Opening remarks at press conference following meeting with President Felix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of the Congo

[Deliverd in French, scroll down for French version]

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمساندة ضحايا التعذيب.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمكافحة إساءة استعمال المخدرات والاتجار غير المشروع بها.