Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

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20 March 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Nowruz Celebration

It is indeed an enormous pleasure to be back in this wonderful celebration.
I think we all recognize that nothing in our world is more important than the spirit of Nowruz.
When we see all the conflicts around the world.
When we see the plight of migrants and refugees.
When we see the rise of xenophobia and racism in so many parts of the world. 

09 February 2018, PyeongChang

Remarks to the press following his meeting with Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) receives an Olympic torch from Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, at the IOC office in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Thank you Mr. President [Thomas Bach], I want to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for this kind invitation to be here in PyeongChang at the Winter Olympics. We do it with enormous pleasure and enormous honor

22 September 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the UN Alliance of Civilizations

I thank all of you for your support for the Alliance of Civilizations.

I thank the Alliance itself for its efforts to promote tolerance and mutual understanding.

That work is especially important as we witness, in too many places, rising sectarianism and extremism, divisive political appeals and the scapegoating of refugees and minorities.

My country, like so many others in all regions, is the product of many influences – and we are richer for it.

30 August 2017, Tel Aviv

Speech at the Museum of the Jewish People

Dear Prime Minister,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,
I am honoured to speak to you today after visiting the Museum of the Jewish People, which tells a story stretching over millennia and to all corners of the world.
This remarkably rich mosaic is a Jewish legacy. But it is also an important part of the collective heritage of humanity, a showcase of its highest summits and its lowest depths.

14 July 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the Launch of the Fez Plan of Action

Let me begin by thanking you for coming together in this deeply meaningful way – and on such a timely initiative.

I firmly believe in the power of faith leaders to shape our world for good. 

As High Commissioner for Refugees, I made a special effort to reach out to faith leaders. 

I did so out of personal conviction.  But I also did so for very practical reasons. 

After all, to the vast majority of people uprooted from their homes, faith is an anchor in a stormy sea of fear, loss, separation and destitution. 

18 July 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the Role of Religious Leaders in Peacebuilding in the Middle East

I want to thank the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, for organizing this important panel discussion.
I also commend the Government of Spain – and particularly Foreign Minister Alfonso María Dastis – as well as the many religious leaders gathered here for your initiative. 

07 April 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

I am honoured to be with you today, on one of the most solemn occasions on the United Nations calendar.

21 March 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Nowruz Celebration

Happy Nowruz to everyone!

I am grateful to the Ambassadors from a dozen countries celebrating Nowruz for bringing us together today.

Thank you for enabling the United Nations to be part of this timeless ceremony.

Nowruz is a new beginning. A new year. A chance to be with family and friends.

The United Nations family celebrates Nowruz because this holiday has meaning for the whole world.

Nowruz is a reminder of all that we have in common – and the richness of our diversity.