Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

12 November 2019, Paris

Remarks at UNESCO Headquarters

Madame la Directrice générale,
Madame la Présidente,
Mesdames et Messieurs les représentants de la société civile,
Mesdames et Messieurs les agents de l’UNESCO,
C’est toujours un plaisir de venir au siège de l’UNESCO, une organisation dont les travaux me tiennent particulièrement à cœur.
Alors que s’ouvre votre Conférence Générale, je me réjouis de l’opportunité de partager avec vous quelques réflexions sur les défis collectifs qui nous attendent. 

03 November 2019, Bangkok

Remarks at the opening of the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit

Your Excellency, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand,
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the government and people of Thailand for your warm welcome and your leadership as the 2019 Chair of ASEAN. 
I thank you for your focus at this Summit on ‘Advancing partnership for sustainability’.  
We are facing tense and turbulent times around the globe. 

03 November 2019, Bangkok

Opening remarks at press encounter following ASEAN-UN Summit

Ladies and gentlemen of the media thank you very much for your presence.
I want first of all to express my gratitude to the government and people Thailand for their extremely warm hospitality.
I want to say that I am extremely happy with the UN ASEAN summit that had just finished. Two years ago, I asked for a quantum leap in relations between ASEAN and the UN and we can, today, verify that that a quantum leap happened.

19 October 2019, Washington D.C.

Remarks at Ministerial Meeting of Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am encouraged that this coalition, launched just six months ago, now has 44 members.  Your efforts, under co-chairs Chile and Finland and with the support of the World Bank, are a vital part of our response to the climate emergency.
We are at a turning point.
Last month’s Climate Action Summit showed that the world is waking up to the crisis.
Leaders, businesses and others stepped up in impressive ways.
Looking ahead, I see great opportunities:

19 October 2019, Washington D.C.

Remarks at the International Monetary and Financial Committee


We meet in tense and testing times.

A great many people are losing faith in a process of globalization that is leaving them behind – and in institutions and leaders who are meant to deliver.

As we were reminded yet again this week, global growth forecasts continue to drop.

Tensions around global trade and technology continue to rise.   

19 October 2019, Washington D.C.

Remarks to the Small States Forum


I welcome this opportunity to address the Small States Forum.

I would like to use the occasion to echo the strong calls made at last month’s Climate Action Summit and Review of the SAMOA Pathway for Small Island Developing States.  

The survival of many small countries, and particularly island states, depends on finding innovative and effective solutions to challenges that threaten their very existence.  

I would like to mention three such challenges and solutions, starting with the climate crisis.

10 October 2019, Copenhagen

Remarks at opening of UNHCR/World Bank Joint Data Centre on Forced Displacement

Ladies and gentlemen, honorable Minister,
It's an enormous pleasure to be with all of you.
I'm an engineer, so I have a relatively accurate idea of the importance of data – not only in the work of the engineers, if we want our bridges not to fall and we want all telecommunications to work, but also in more and more in social sciences and more and more in relation to the humanitarian and development activities.

28 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting

Let me start by recognizing Thailand, this year’s ASEAN Chair, for its leadership and valuable contributions. 
Since its inception at the height of the Cold War, ASEAN has shown the value of regional integration and shared approaches to local and global challenges.
ASEAN countries have worked together to prevent war and address violent extremism.  Like regional groups across the world, ASEAN has a crucial role to play, now more than ever, in conflict resolution and conflict prevention.

27 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the opening ceremony of the Forty-Third Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the G77 and China

It is a great honour to address you today. The G77 and China are on the frontlines of multilateralism and of support for a strong United Nations, consistent with your founding principles. 
I thank the State of Palestine for its effective Presidency of the Group. May I, Prime Minister, tell you how much we enjoyed the very close and effective cooperation with your Mission and with your Minister during our work this year.
We meet at a time of strong headwinds against multilateralism.

27 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-level Mid-term Review of the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway)

Welcome and thank you for your engagement and commitment on behalf of Small Island Developing States.
Many of the issues we have discussed this week have a disproportionate impact on these countries, so this is a welcome opportunity to focus on them.
The climate emergency represents the single biggest threat to their survival. In small island countries, one natural disaster can erode a generation of development gains.  I have seen this in Barbuda and Dominica, and most recently in the Bahamas.  Hurricane Dorian was pure hell on earth.