30 January 2020, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on ASEAN-UN Cooperation

I thank Viet Nam, as President of the Security Council and Chair of ASEAN in 2020, for organizing this briefing.
At this time of increasingly complex challenges for global peace and security, cooperative and inclusive multilateral efforts, including strong partnerships between the United Nations and regional organizations, are essential.
Since its formalization in 2011, the Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the United Nations has become an important component of the UN’s broad engagement with regional organizations.

15 January 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, all protocol observed,
I want to start by deeply thanking the State of Palestine for its skilful efforts in guiding the work of the Group of 77 and China over the past 12 months.
At the handover ceremony last year, President Abbas stated that Palestine assumes the position with “humility, commitment, dedication and determination to uphold and defend the interests of the Group and to strengthen the positions of its members in the United Nations.” 

05 December 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of the Comprehensive Midterm Review of the Vienna Programme of Action on Landlocked Developing Countries

Thank you, Mr. President. 
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you all for joining this important meeting. 
We are all keenly aware of the geographical disadvantages faced by the world’s 32 landlocked developing countries.  
Many are in remote locations and by definition, they do not have access to the sea; and other forms of connectivity -- roads, railways, the information superhighway -- are also lacking or underdeveloped.

26 November 2019, Berlin

Remarks to the media during joint stakeout with Chancellor Angela Merkel

It is always a pleasure to be here in Germany, a steadfast supporter of the United Nations, a pillar of multilateralism, and currently, a very strong voice on the Security Council.

I am looking forward to my talks with Chancellor Merkel, focusing on some of the situations on the Security Council agenda, and particularly including Syria and Libya.

27 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the opening ceremony of the Forty-Third Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the G77 and China

It is a great honour to address you today. The G77 and China are on the frontlines of multilateralism and of support for a strong United Nations, consistent with your founding principles. 
I thank the State of Palestine for its effective Presidency of the Group. May I, Prime Minister, tell you how much we enjoyed the very close and effective cooperation with your Mission and with your Minister during our work this year.
We meet at a time of strong headwinds against multilateralism.

27 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-level Mid-term Review of the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway)

Welcome and thank you for your engagement and commitment on behalf of Small Island Developing States.
Many of the issues we have discussed this week have a disproportionate impact on these countries, so this is a welcome opportunity to focus on them.
The climate emergency represents the single biggest threat to their survival. In small island countries, one natural disaster can erode a generation of development gains.  I have seen this in Barbuda and Dominica, and most recently in the Bahamas.  Hurricane Dorian was pure hell on earth.

12 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks on United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The past decades have demonstrated the power of South-South cooperation to advance sustainable development.

Driven by a spirit of solidarity, respect for national sovereignty and equal partnership, South-South cooperation has offered concrete solutions to shared development challenges.

Across the developing world, more children attend school, child and maternal mortality rates have been cut by nearly half, and extreme poverty has been sharply reduced.

18 July 2019, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Strengthening Partnerships for Successful Nationally-owned Transitions

United Nations special political missions and peacekeeping operations are some of our most effective tools to promote and maintain international peace and security. But they are temporary. We are strengthening our focus on moments of transition, when our missions are reconfigured or leave a country.  

08 July 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Economic and Social Council Integration Segment on the Annual Overview Report of the UN Chief Executives Board

I am very grateful for the opportunity, as Chairman of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), to introduce the CEB Annual Overview Report and to update you on recent inter-agency cooperation. 

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