Development

09 July 2021, Venice

Remarks to Third G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

We are now in the second year of a global pandemic that has killed four million people. Extreme climate events regularly devastate vulnerable communities.

You have come together to determine the course of some of the most pressing issues we face: access to vaccines; extending an economic lifeline to the developing world; and more and better public finance for ambitious climate action.

A global vaccine gap threatens us all because as the virus mutates, it could become even more transmissible, or even more deadly.

18 May 2021, ECOSOC

Remarks to ECOSOC Segment on Operational Activities for Development: Presentation of report and vision for the continuation of UN reform and the implementation of the 2020 QCPR in times of crisis

Thank you for your very positive and accurate introduction to our debate.

Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

This past year has been unlike any other in living memory.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken over three million lives.

Some 131 million people have been pushed into extreme poverty.

Unemployment has soared and billions saw their livelihoods vanish overnight.

The most vulnerable in our societies – particularly women and young people – have been disproportionately affected.

06 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Leaders' Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency: Delivering the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme 

Thank you very much. Excellencies,

I thank the African Development Bank and the Global Center for Adaption for convening us today.  

As the world confronts a pandemic, a recession and a climate crisis, the United Nations climate conference, COP26, in November, provides a compelling opportunity for Africa to turn ambition into reality.

In that context, it is clear that we need a breakthrough on adaptation – and I would like to highlight five imperatives for that to be possible:

06 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Leaders' Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency: Delivering the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme 

Thank you very much. Excellencies,

I thank the African Development Bank and the Global Center for Adaption for convening us today.  

As the world confronts a pandemic, a recession and a climate crisis, the United Nations climate conference, COP26, in November, provides a compelling opportunity for Africa to turn ambition into reality.

In that context, it is clear that we need a breakthrough on adaptation – and I would like to highlight five imperatives for that to be possible:

23 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at virtual meeting with the African Group 

Your Excellency Ammo Aziza Baroud,
Chairperson of the African Group,
Excellencies,

Let me begin by extending my deepest condolences to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania on the death of late President Joseph Magufuli.

Excellencies,

I welcome this opportunity to meet with the African Group at a critical moment.

We have entered the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I want to reiterate my full solidarity with the Governments and people of Africa. 

I commend Africa’s leadership in coordinating a continental response.

29 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference on High-Level Event on Debt and Liquidity with Prime Ministers Andrew Holness (Jamaica) and Justin Trudeau (Canada)

Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen of the press - good morning, good afternoon or good evening. 

Today’s meeting is aimed at preventing a debt crisis that will have the greatest impact on the poorest people, in the most vulnerable countries. 

But the impact will not stop there. 

It cannot be confined to any region or category of country. There have been credible forecasts of losses of global output in the trillions of dollars. 

The United Nations has been warning of this crisis since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago. 

09 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Mobilizing with Africa II High-Level Event

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Let me start by thanking the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and all those involved in bringing us together again to support Africa.
 
No country has been spared from the pandemic. Low-, middle- and high-income countries have all suffered directly through the colossal health impacts, and indirectly from the dramatic decline in domestic activity and international trade.
 
For African countries in particular, the crisis has resulted in acute liquidity constraints.
 

29 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference on the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era Of Covid-19 and Beyond, with Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau of Canada and Andrew Holness of Jamaica

Thank you very much. 

Allow me, before starting, a personal testimony. I am deeply moved by the information I just received of the passing of His Highness, the Emir of Kuwait. 

The Emir of Kuwait was an extraordinary symbol of wisdom and generosity, a messenger of peace, a bridge builder. 

18 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at Sustainable Development Goals Moment

I am pleased to welcome you to this SDG Moment – the first in this crucial Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
 
Our aim is to show that transformation is possible and is happening right now – in so many places, with so many innovations – and with the engagement of so many people.
 
This annual SDG Moment is our opportunity to demonstrate that, as one united family of nations, we have what it takes to eradicate poverty and hunger, tackle climate change, deliver gender equality and achieve all 17 global goals.
 

23 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at annual Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries

I am pleased to be with you – a group of countries that share many common challenges linked to similar geographic circumstances and opportunities.
 
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the plight of landlocked developing countries.
 
Trade, transport and distribution have been upended.
 
Exports and imports have been affected by problems at borders, lockdowns, trade restrictions, disruptions in global supply chains and commodity price shocks.
 
And the risk of debt distress looms.