Peace and Security

06 December 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level meeting on Peacekeeping Performance

I thank the United States and our co-hosts, India, Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam, for convening this event, and for their support to United Nations peacekeeping operations.
 
Our peacekeepers represent the last, best hope for millions of people around the world. Some of them operate in highly dangerous environments, just short of full-blown conflict. We can never forget their service and sacrifice.

22 November 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission on the 2020 Review

I thank the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission for convening this meeting, open to all Member States, to launch the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture.
 
We are joined by the Vice President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council, a clear indication of strong inter-governmental commitment to this endeavour.

19 November 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on the Role of Reconciliation Processes

I thank the UK Presidency for convening this debate as reconciliation processes supported by the international community can have a critical impact on the lives of the people we serve. 
 
Successful reconciliation contributes to preventing a recurrence of conflict and building more peaceful, resilient and prosperous societies, particularly in the aftermath of large-scale violence and human rights violations.
 

11 November 2019, Paris

Remarks at the Paris Peace Forum

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31 October 2019, Istanbul

Remarks to the 6th Istanbul Mediation Conference

Minister Çavuşoğlu,
Ministers, Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen
 
It is a great pleasure to join you for the 6th Istanbul Mediation Conference. This is an important opportunity to consider how we approach mediation, one of our most important tools to reduce and end conflict.
 
As the tragedy in Syria grinds on for an eighth year, with civilians paying the hightest price, there could be no clearer illustration of the importance of political solutions to conflict. 

29 October 2019, Security Council

Remarks at the Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

The Women, Peace and Security agenda is clearly one of the top priorities of the United Nations as a whole. 
 
We see this in the adoption of a great many resolutions by the Security Council, including the landmark resolution 1325 and its many follow-up decisions.
 
We see it in the global recognition of the central role that women must play in preventing and resolving conflicts.
 
And we see it when we gather to discuss the issue. 
 

10 October 2019, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at press stakeout with Prime Minister of Denmark

It is a pleasure to be visiting Denmark, a very good friend of the United Nations and a strong supporter of international cooperation.
 
The Prime Minister and I had productive discussions on a wide range of challenges, but of course the climate crisis was high on the agenda.
 
I had the occasion to thank Denmark for hosting today’s gathering of mayors from 70 of the world’s leading cities, known as C40, an important follow-up o the Climate Action Summit that was convened in New York just two weeks ago. 
 

27 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press encounter with Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan

This very beautiful monument of a great artist, Amin Gulgee, will remain forever in the UN premises, in New York, and when we see those hands pointing to the sky, but also those hands united, they represent, I believe, a symbol of hope and a symbol of solidarity.
 

27 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level Event on Sudan

This is clearly the happiest moment I have in this High-level week.
 
If one year ago, we would be forecasting the possibility of this meeting, I think nobody would believe [it], but the fact is that we are here, and we are here celebrating a new Sudan.
 
I have a special emotional relationship with the people of Sudan.
 
Sudan was the first country in which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has established an operation, an active operation, many decades ago.  I was located there.