Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

26 January 2019, New York City

Remarks at Park East Synagogue Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Excellencies,
Dear friends,
 
Rabbi Schneier, thank you for bringing us together. 
 
I am at home with you and I am at home at Park East Synagogue. 
 
I delivered one of my very first speeches as Secretary-General here – and I have been honoured to return.
 
On each occasion, I stressed the need to learn the lessons of the Holocaust – and sounded the alarm about the resurgence of anti-Semitism across our world.
 

28 January 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

We are here together to remember the victims of the Holocaust – the six million Jews and many others murdered during a period of unprecedented, calculated cruelty, when human dignity was cast aside for a racial ideology.
 
I extend a special welcome to the Holocaust survivors with us today, especially Mr. Marian Turski and Ms. Inge Auerbacher, who will share their testimony.
 

English translation unavailable for .
English translation unavailable for .
English translation unavailable for .
English translation unavailable for .
English translation unavailable for .

07 December 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was the first human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations, on 9 December 1948. It embodies a collective determination to protect people from brutality and to prevent repetition of the horrors witnessed by the world during the Second World War.

International law often emerges from centuries of custom and general principles. This was not the case for the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

20 November 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Group of Friends of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

I am very pleased to be with you today and to thank you for your commitment to the success of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
 
In these troubled times, the Alliance is a unique and inclusive platform for Member States, the private sector, youth, civil society and the media to exchange views and commit to dialogue and new partnerships. 
 
It is closely aligned with my own priorities and the vision that I have outlined in my prevention agenda. 
 

19 November 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum

Just a few hours’ drive from here is the city of Pittsburgh.
 
Less than a month ago, Pittsburgh was the scene of a horrendous attack – Jewish worshippers gunned down in prayer.
 
It was an unspeakable act – yet I was struck by the voices that emerged.
 
The local Muslim community, for example, raised tens of thousands of dollars to help the victims.
 
“Let us know what you need” a leader said. “We will be there.”
 
He said he was echoing the same message of support that his community received in times of trouble.