Combating terrorism

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.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للعمل الإنساني.
English translation unavailable for مكافحة الإرهاب وحقوق الإنسان.
English translation unavailable for توحيد العالم ضد الإرهاب.

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.

17 April 2018, Riyadh

Remarks at the 16th meeting of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre Advisory Board

I thank the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their hospitality.  
I want to express my deep gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its generous support to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre, a support without which the Centre, would probably never have been able to be born.
And I thank Ambassador Al Mouallimi for his able chairmanship of this Advisory Board.

12 April 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at "Investing in Youth to Counter Terrorism"

Today, nearly half the world’s population – 46 per cent – is 24 years-old or younger. Africa and the Middle East have the highest proportions of young people.  

These young women and men are an asset to be nurtured, cherished and listened to. They represent hope and promise, they have a huge amount to offer our world – and they are a top priority for the United Nations. I recently held a high-level retreat to look at how we can make our organization more relevant to young people, foster investment in their future, and engage them in dialogue.

16 February 2018, Munich

Address at the Opening Ceremony of the Munich Security Conference

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an enormous pleasure for me to be back since last year’s session. 

And if I remember well, last year, on discussing the global threats we are facing, I concentrated on, in the absence of power clear relations, on the multiplication of new conflicts and at the same time the fact old conflicts seem never to die, be it in Afghanistan, Somalia, or in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

16 November 2017, London

Speech at SOAS, University of London, on “Counter-terrorism and human rights: winning the fight while upholding our values”

I thank SOAS and Valerie Amos for bringing us together this evening.

As Valerie said, I had the luck of being working side by side with her to support the most vulnerable of the vulnerable in the most tragic of circumstances.

And I have to tell you that she is a leading humanitarian, a fantastic colleague and a very dear friend.

And I also want to thank all of you for being here to talk about one of the most difficult and challenging issues of our time: Combating the global threat of terrorism, without compromising our respect for human rights.