Rule of Law, Justice

09 December 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide 

President of the General Assembly,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Please join me in a moment of silence in memory of the victims of genocide and other atrocity crimes.

[MOMENT OF SILENCE]

Excellencies,

Genocide is the most heinous of crimes, encompassing all it touches in a tsunami of hate and destruction.

It is an assault on our most fundamental shared values.

09 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level Virtual Event on the International Day to Protect Education from Attack

I am pleased to join you for the first observance of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.
 
I thank the State of Qatar, UNESCO, UNICEF and the Education Above All Foundation for organizing this high-level event.
 
Education is a fundamental human right.
 
It is an essential driver for fostering peace, promoting just societies and supporting sustainable development.
 
Without quality education for all, we cannot eliminate poverty, tackle inequality, fight climate change or promote peace.
 

20 July 2020, General Assembly

Remarks to Annual General Assembly Commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day and United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize Laureate Recognition

I am pleased to join you to celebrate the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela -- one of the greatest leaders of our time, a moral giant whose legacy continues to guide us today.

Let me also express condolences to Madiba’s family and the people of South Africa on the untimely passing of his daughter, Zindzi, this month.

On today’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day, I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to the 2020 laureates of the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize: Mrs. Marianna Vardinoyannis of Greece and Dr. Morissana Kouyate of Guinea.

12 February 2020, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council Briefing on Children in Armed Conflict: Introducing Practical Guidance on the Integration of Child Protection Issues in Peace Processes

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19 November 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-Level Event Between the United Nations and The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

It is a great pleasure to attend this high-level event that brings together the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the United Nations. I thank the Russian Chairmanship of the SCO for co-hosting this event.
 

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمساندة ضحايا التعذيب.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لمكافحة إساءة استعمال المخدرات والاتجار غير المشروع بها.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للقضاء على العنف الجنسي في حالات النزاع.
English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للاجئين.

17 June 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Meeting of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the 25th anniversary of its entry into force

I am very pleased to join you for the opening of the twenty-ninth Meeting of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
 
It also gives me great pleasure to congratulate Ambassador Michael Imran Kanu, on his election as President of this meeting. 
 
Having recently returned from the South Pacific where I learned first-hand the plight of the oceans, I feel a sense of heightened urgency as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.