Combating terrorism

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06 December 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the first meeting of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Compact Coordination Committee

I believe that the fact that the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force becomes the new UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Task Force is not just a change of name. Many people think this is a change of name, but it is part of a reform.
The Compact can enhance our collective approach to counter-terrorism across the United Nations system.
When I took office, I was determined to reform the United Nations counter-terrorism architecture as part of a more broad approach to what I then called diplomacy for peace.

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17 August 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at wreath-laying ceremony marking 15th Anniversary of the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad

Dear Colleagues and Friends, survivors and families,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would ask you all please to observe a minute of silence in memory of our dear fallen colleagues.

We are here to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the values and the Charter of the United Nations, and for the people of Iraq.

Fifteen years ago this week, twenty-two of our colleagues died in a horrific terrorist attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad.

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28 June 2018, General Assembly

Opening remarks at High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism

I am pleased to welcome you all to the first ever global High-level Conference of heads of counter-terrorism agencies of the Member States of the United Nations.
Terrorism and violent extremism undermine international peace and security.
They divide communities, exacerbate conflicts, and destabilize entire regions.
They hamper our efforts to promote and protect human rights and are an obstacle to sustainable development.
This complex global challenge has reached unprecedented levels. 

17 April 2018, Riyadh

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir

Ladies and gentlemen from the press, thank you very much for your presence.