Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

26 June 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at informal meeting of the General Assembly on "Combatting Anti-semitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate - The Challenges of Teaching Tolerance and Respect in the Digital Age"

I thank all involved for bringing us together to tackle the tsunami of hatred that is so visible and violent across the world today.
 
A special welcome to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego.  Rabbi, thank you for your inspiring actions since the shooting in April that took the life of one of your congregants and injured you as well.
 
Recently I viewed an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage here in New York that is called “Auschwitz.  Not long ago.  Not far away”.
 
It is an apt title.
 

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18 June 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter at launch of United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the press following the launch of the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech.

Good afternoon.
 
Hate speech is a direct assault on our core values of tolerance, inclusion and respect for human rights and human dignity. It sets groups against each other, contributes to violence and conflict, and undermines all our efforts for peace, stability and sustainable development. As such, addressing it is a priority for the entire United Nations system.
 

18 June 2019, ECOSOC

Remarks at the launch of the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Thank you for being here today to mark the launch of the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech.

This Strategy and Plan of Action are brand new – but they are rooted in our oldest commitment. Respect for human rights, without discrimination based on race, sex, language or religion, is a thread running through the United Nations Charter.

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30 May 2019, Aachen

Address at the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for the Unity of Europe

Su Majestad, Señoras y Señores, 
En primer lugar, quiero dar las gracias a Su Majestad el Rey Felipe VI de España por su presencia aquí hoy y sus amables palabras; significan mucho para mí.

27 May 2019, Vienna

Opening remarks to the Day of Action with UN Messenger of Peace Mr. Yo-Yo Ma

Let me first of all express how grateful I am to Yo-Yo Ma. He is a fantastic Messenger of Peace. 
 
Indeed, if one looks at music, music represents two things that are absolutely crucial for what the UN does. 
 
First, music is a universal language. Music brings us together. Music is a symbol of peace.