Combating terrorism

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.
 

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13 May 2019, Christchurch

Remarks during visit with Muslim community in Christchurch

As salam alaikum.
 
I thank this community very much for their welcome – particularly during this holy month of Ramadan. 
 
Every Ramadan I make a visit of solidarity somewhere around the world.  Last year, it was in Mali – the year before that, in Afghanistan. 
 
This year, because of the terrible terrorist attack against your community, I wanted to be here with you.  
 

12 May 2019, Auckland

Opening remarks at press encounter with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Thank you very much Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. First of all, happy Mother’s Day. This is a visit of both solidarity and gratitude. Solidarity first of all with the victims of Christchurch, with their families, with the community, with the city but also with the people and the government of New Zealand.