Rule of Law, Justice

18 September 2021, UN Headquarters

Statement on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – Putting Victims’ Rights and Dignity at the Forefront

Today marks four years since the High-level Meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, when I called on world leaders to stand with the United Nations to put an end to this scourge.

Member States and the United Nations together pledged to strengthen the Organization’s effectiveness in preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, and to put the rights and dignity of victims at the centre of our efforts.

09 June 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Meeting of Group of Friends of Human Security

I am pleased to be with you to relaunch the Group of Friends of Human Security.

In our collective endeavour to tackle COVID-19 and chart a post-pandemic future that will ensure greater equity, opportunity and dignity for all, I believe the concept of human security is an essential framework.

This Group of Friends can be an important platform for advancing the application of human security in the work of the United Nations.

We face complex and major challenges

07 March 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Opening of the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 

I am pleased to greet the Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto.

For more than half a century, these Crime Congresses have served as the largest and most diverse gathering of governments, international and regional organizations, civil society, experts and scholars to seek solutions to shared challenges of crime prevention and criminal 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.