Peace and Security

24 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Wreath-Laying Ceremony

I am honoured to join you today to remember the brave women and men who have lost their lives while serving in UN Peacekeeping.
More than 3,800 military, police and civilian peacekeepers have lost their lives since the United Nations deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948. 
These peacekeepers gave their lives to protect others and to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope.
Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability. 

07 May 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council - on Peacekeeping Training and Capacity Building

Thank you for convening this important debate on peacekeeping training and capacity building.
It reflects Indonesia’s strong engagement in peacekeeping – here in New York as well as in the field.
I salute the more than 3,000 uniformed personnel from Indonesia that currently serve in eight of our operations, and I pay tribute to the 37 Indonesian peacekeepers who have made the ultimate sacrifice under the UN flag.
Improving training is a major shared commitment of the Action for Peacekeeping initiative.
Training saves lives. 

06 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Opening of Exhibition on Women at War

Thank you for inviting me to open this exhibit on the role of women in the Second World War.

The events of World War Two marked a turning point in so many ways.

The desire to avoid any recurrence of that horror led to the formation of our United Nations, followed by an unprecedented period of relative peace and increased prosperity based on an acceptance of the need for a multilateral world based on international law.

06 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Memorial Service for Fallen Staff

Each year we meet to pay tribute to our colleagues and friends who have lost their lives on United Nations duty.
It is a sad reminder of the often perilous nature of our work.
And it is testament to the commitment of the thousands of women and men from around the globe who are prepared to risk all to promote peace and provide assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable and needy people.
This year, we honour 115 colleagues from 43 nations who lost their lives between January 2018 and March this year. 

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة يوم فيساك (يوم اكتمال القمر).

23 April 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council High-Level Debate on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on women and peace and security, with a focus on sexual violence in conflict. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

I thank Germany and His Excellency the Foreign Minister, Mr. Heiko Maas, for hosting this important Debate.
I welcome Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Ms. Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, and thank them for their extraordinary work.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي لتعددية الأطراف والدبلوماسية من أجل السلام.

10 April 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the press at the UN Security Council

Today I had the opportunity to brief the Security Council on the situation in Libya.

As you remember, as I was leaving Benghazi and leaving Libya, I said I was deeply concerned and that I had a heavy heart with the possibility of a serious confrontation in and around Tripoli.

Unfortunately, until now that feeling has been entirely confirmed.

But, it is still time to stop.

It is still time for a ceasefire to take place – for a cessation of hostilities to take place and to avoid the worse which would be a dramatic, bloody battle for Tripoli.

11 April 2019, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council on Women in Peacekeeping

I welcome this debate on women in peacekeeping as we strive for progress on a key element in the maintenance of international peace and security.
With the launch of the Strategy on Gender Parity in 2017, the United Nations has embarked on an ambitious and essential system-wide effort to enhance women’s representation at all levels and in all arenas.
A key priority is to increase the number of women in peacekeeping – both civilian and uniformed, which is where we need the most improvement.

06 April 2019, Amman

Opening remarks to the press after visit to the UNRWA Baqa’a camp

It was a very emotional moment for me to enter the classroom of the UNRWA school for Palestine refugees and to see young children learning about and discussing human rights, and then to participate in a student parliament. And to see that in 700 schools, 530,000 Palestine refugee children are learning not only about science and about mathematics or about Arabic, but are learning about human rights, about democracy, about tolerance, making the conditions to be exemplary citizens. And this is something that warms my heart.