Combating terrorism

21 August 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level event to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, “Not Forgotten: Stories of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism”

Today, we commemorate the third International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. 
 
We stand in solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones, the wounded survivors, and those whose lives have been forever changed by acts of terrorism. 
 
We pay tribute to their courage, resilience and fortitude. 
 
And we commit to raising their voices and seeking truth and justice. 
 
We cannot undo the damage done, but we can defend their human rights and dignity. 
 

06 July 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the opening of the Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week United Nations

Welcome to this United Nations Counter-Terrorism week.  Today’s event kicks off a series of discussions over the coming days. 

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.
 

07 November 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Museum of Jewish Heritage

It is such an honour to join all of you to mark the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom.

Kristallnacht was not just the night of broken glass; it was the night of broken lives, broken families, broken societies, broken dreams.

And, as we know, that dreadful night of state-orchestrated terror was followed by days, months and years of incalculable horror, so tragically and movingly displayed here.

25 September 2019, Security Council

Statement at the Security Council Debate on the Contribution of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Commonwealth of Independent States and Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Countering Terrorist Threats

I am grateful for the opportunity to address the Council on cooperation between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in countering terrorist threats.
 

21 August 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of Photographic Exhibition entitled "Surviving Terrorism: The Power of Resilience"

I am pleased to welcome you to the second International Day of Remembrance of -- and Tribute to -- the Victims of Terrorism.
 
The threat of terrorism and violent extremism is among our most complex challenges.
 
In recent months, we have witnessed horrific attacks in Kabul and Cairo, Nigeria and Burkina Faso and other locations around the Lake Chad Basin and around the world.
 
Many innocent lives have been tragically cut short.
 

10 July 2019, Nairobi

Remarks to the African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism

Your Excellency, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I thank the Government of Kenya for helping the United Nations organize this landmark conference.
 
To begin, I would like to honour the tens of thousands of African victims of terrorism and to express solidarity with African countries that have suffered terrorist attacks that shock with their barbarity and disregard for human life.
 
Kenya itself has endured numerous terrorist attacks. 
 

10 July 2019, Nairobi

Opening remarks at joint press stakeout between the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission

To fight terrorism and to prevent violent extremism are fundamental priorities for the African Union, for the [United Nations], for Africa and for the world.

25 June 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Launch of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism

I am pleased to join your launch of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism.
 
I thank the Permanent Representatives of Afghanistan and Spain for their leadership and vision in establishing this group.
 
I am also pleased to see so many Member States here today from around the world.
 
Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a global and transnational challenge.
 
Recent terrorist attacks in Kenya, Mali, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and elsewhere have claimed thousands of innocent lives.
 

26 June 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at informal meeting of the General Assembly on "Combatting Anti-semitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate - The Challenges of Teaching Tolerance and Respect in the Digital Age"

I thank all involved for bringing us together to tackle the tsunami of hatred that is so visible and violent across the world today.
 
A special welcome to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego.  Rabbi, thank you for your inspiring actions since the shooting in April that took the life of one of your congregants and injured you as well.
 
Recently I viewed an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage here in New York that is called “Auschwitz.  Not long ago.  Not far away”.
 
It is an apt title.