UN & business, Global Compact

15 September 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the United Nations Global Compact Board 

Distinguished board members and colleagues,

I am pleased to join you today.

To our new Vice Chair, Solange Ribeiro, welcome. Your wealth of experience in the energy sector and long-standing commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals will be a tremendous asset to this Board and our common mission.  And, of course, to Sanda Ojiambo thank you for your leadership – and thank you for defining and moving forward the Global Compact’s new strategy to raise business ambition and scale up action on the 2030 Agenda and the Paris climate agreement.

15 June 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

Dear friends,
 
I am pleased to greet the 2021 United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit.
 
This is a unique opportunity for business leaders and their partners in government, civil society and here at the United Nations to engage in a crucial global conversation at a crucial time.
 
The impressive agenda focuses on how all of us can work together to build more inclusive economies and societies.
 

28 January 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the press following briefing to member states priorities for 2021

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. I wish you all a happy and healthy start to the year.

My message today for 2021 is a message of hope and determination.

Hope, as I believe it is possible to change gear and put the world on the right track.

Determination, as we must all do everything we can to make it happen.

We have just lived through the most difficult year of my lifetime.

Our world was rocked on its axis in 2020.

12 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Fifth Committee: Introduction of the Proposed Programme Budget for 2021

I welcome this opportunity to introduce the proposed programme budget for 2021.
 
We meet under extraordinary circumstances. Covid-19 has put the lives of billions of people around the globe in turmoil, inflicting grave suffering and destabilizing the global economy.
 
The United Nations continues to provide wide-ranging health interventions, advocate for a massive rescue package for the world’s most vulnerable people and countries, and is committed to accelerate work on a vaccine.
 

08 October 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly on the Proposed Programme Budget for 2020

I welcome this opportunity to introduce the proposed programme budget for 2020.

You are all aware of the diverse and enormous challenges we face at this time, from climate change to multiplying conflicts, from increasing inequality to rising intolerance. People’s expectations of our Organization are profound.

24 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Toast at lunch for Heads of State and Government

Mr. President,
Heads of State and Government,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It is wonderful to be again together in New York.
 
This city is a wonderful city, a wonderful inspiration for us all.
 
And I think if there is a privilege to be Secretary-General of the United Nations, [it] is to be able to work in New York.
 

17 September 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at opening of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly

I am very pleased to be with you for the opening of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
 
Let me begin by warmly congratulating His Excellency Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria on his election as General Assembly President.
 
As Nigeria’s Permanent Representative here in New York, Professor Bande brings years of United Nations experience to his role.
 

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