10 June 2019, General Assembly

Remarks to Informal Meeting of the General Assembly on the Independent High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Technology is accelerating, and we, the multilateral system of the digital age, are unprepared and need to catch up. 

22 May 2019, ECOSOC

Remarks to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

I welcome this opportunity to provide an update to these ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment.
You have before you my first report to the Council since the landmark General Assembly resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the UN development system.

The report outlines progress not only in response to direct mandates of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, usually designated as QCPR and General Assembly resolution, but also on all measures I am taking to ensure effective, cohesive and accountable support to the 2030 Agenda.

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15 April 2019, ECOSOC

Opening Remarks to the 2019 ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum

I am pleased to join you at this critical moment for governments, businesses, and societies to accelerate action for sustainable development. 
We have the tools to tackle poverty, inequality, climate change and environmental pressures. They were defined in the great multilateral agreements reached in 2015: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

06 April 2019, Amman

Opening remarks to the press after visit to the UNRWA Baqa’a camp

It was a very emotional moment for me to enter the classroom of the UNRWA school for Palestine refugees and to see young children learning about and discussing human rights, and then to participate in a student parliament. And to see that in 700 schools, 530,000 Palestine refugee children are learning not only about science and about mathematics or about Arabic, but are learning about human rights, about democracy, about tolerance, making the conditions to be exemplary citizens. And this is something that warms my heart.

06 April 2019, Amman

Remarks at World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, in Amman, Jordan. UN Photo

Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highness,
Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed,
I thank Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, as well as the people and government of Jordan, for hosting this timely meeting. 
Your Majesty, it has been a pleasure to work with you across the decades, from my time as Prime Minister of Portugal through my years as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and now in my present capacity.
You have always been a champion of peace.

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