Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

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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.

13 November 2018, Washington DC

Remarks at the 2018 Templeton Prize Ceremony

Your Majesty [King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein],
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
There are many things a Secretary-General does because he is forced to do so; they come with the job, but, fortunately, there are some that I can do with real joy and enthusiasm. And one of them is to be here, this evening, in this wonderful cathedral, and to pay tribute to King Abdullah - the outstanding statesman, the messenger for peace, and, if Your Majesty allows me to say so, a very dear friend.

31 October 2018, New York

Remarks at Interfaith Gathering: “United Against Hate”

Dear friends, all protocol observed,
I am here to express horror and solidarity. Horror in relation to the most abject act of anti-Semitism that has happened in the history of the United [States]. Something that makes us feel totally horrified but solidarity - solidarity with the victims, solidarity with the family, solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and worldwide, and solidarity also with the people of Pittsburgh and the people of the United States of America who overwhelmingly reject this horrendous act.

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26 September 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-Level Event on the Power of Education for Countering Racism and Discrimination: The Case of anti-Semitism

I thank UNESCO and its Director General, Audrey Azoulay, for bringing us together to focus on anti-Semitism and education. 
Jews continue to be attacked for no other reason than their identity. 
And anti-Semitism is not a problem for the Jewish community alone. 
Where there is anti-Semitism, there are likely to be other discriminatory ideologies and forms of bias – feeding each other in a cauldron of contempt.  
Today, hatred also targets religious minorities, migrants and refugees is particularly virulent.

18 September 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 33rd Annual International Prayer Breakfast

It is a pleasure to join you again for this annual event as we begin a new session of the General Assembly.

We have a full week ahead, as Heads of State and Government arrive, and then a very busy session in the months to follow.  

The world faces urgent challenges, from climate change and inequality to armed conflict and intolerance, especially targeting migrants and refugees. We have to raise ambition across the board.