Combating terrorism

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.

30 October 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 15th Meeting of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre Advisory Board

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to Ambassador Al-Mouallimi.  Thank you for your able leadership as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre. I want to thank you personally and to thank your country for your very strong commitment to support the United Nations counter-terrorism strategy.  

23 September 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks to ASEAN-UN ministerial meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mr. Chairman, let me begin by congratulating the Government of the Republic of the Philippines for chairing ASEAN in its 50th anniversary year.
I commend ASEAN’s progress over the past half century towards peaceful co-existence and regional integration. 
Multilateralism and regional integration are absolutely vital in our world today representing an opportunity to promote prosperity as well as advance human rights and the rule of law. 

19 September 2017, General Assembly

Address to the General Assembly

Secretary-General António Guterres presents his annual report on the work of the Organization ahead of the opening of the General Assembly’s seventy-second general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

[Trilingual, as delivered]

I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. 

The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating.

13 June 2017, Ashgabat

Remarks at High-level Dialogue on Implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to take part in this high-level dialogue on implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia.
I am grateful to the people and Government of Turkmenistan for their warm welcome.  I particularly thank Turkmenistan for hosting the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia which this year marks its tenth anniversary.