Peace and Security

01 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the High-Level Meeting on The Central African Republic

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24 September 2020, Security Council

Briefing to the Security Council on Global Governance Post-COVID-19

[All-English below; followed by bilingual as delivered version and all-French

Thank you for this opportunity to address the subject of global governance as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A microscopic virus is now the number one threat in our world.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a full-blown crisis in itself, unfolding against a backdrop of high geopolitical tensions and other global threats in unpredictable and dangerous ways.

The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed.

10 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Opening Segment of the United Nations High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

I am pleased to join you for this High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace – an event that is particularly important during these difficult times. 
The COVID-19 pandemic, we all know, is a challenge like no other. This is above all a human crisis, touching every area of our lives, destroying livelihoods and weakening the foundations of peaceful societies.

11 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the General Assembly and the Security Council on the 2020 Report on Peacebuilidng and Sustaining Peace

I thank the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council for convening this joint briefing on my Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace – focusing on the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture.
I thank Member States for engaging actively and helping shape this critical outcome. Despite the extraordinary conditions imposed on us by the COVID-19 pandemic, this report is the fruit of broad and inclusive process.

17 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Virtual Student Observance of the International Day of Peace

Students from all over the world,
The International Day of Peace is traditionally a day when we call on armed combatants across the world to put down their weapons. But in a time of pandemic, 24 hours is not nearly enough.
That is why, last March, I called for an immediate global cease-fire. Because now there is only one true enemy: the virus.  The pandemic is the biggest threat to peace and security in our world today.

17 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Peace Bell Ceremony on the occasion of the 39th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace

Your Excellency, Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the General Assembly,
Your Excellency, Mr. Ishikane Kimihiro, Permanent Representative of Japan,
United Nations Messengers of Peace,
Ladies and gentlemen, and everyone who is joining us remotely, 

17 September 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Yemen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to start by reiterating my personal attachment to Yemen, which dates back to my time as High Commissioner for Refugees and I will never forget the generosity of the Yemeni people in hosting refugees. 

Since assuming the position of Secretary-General, I have constantly sought to do whatever I can to help find a peaceful resolution to the conflict. 

08 July 2020, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on Libya

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Minister Maas, let me begin by thanking you and the German presidency for the opportunity to update the Council on the situation in Libya, in this expanded format.
This important meeting -- six months after the Berlin International conference on Libya -- brings together Security Council members with the Berlin process participants and offers an opportunity to recommit to the principles agreed in Berlin and enshrined in Security Council resolution 2510.

Time is not on our side in Libya.

02 July 2020, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council Open Video-Teleconference on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Implications of COVID-19

I thank the German Presidency for convening this important discussion.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to profoundly affect peace and security across the globe.
The consequences can be seen even in a number of countries traditionally seen as “stable”. 
But the impacts are particularly apparent in countries already experiencing conflict or emerging from it – and may soon engulf others.
The risks are diverse.
Tensions are rising as a result of the severe socio-economic fallout of the crisis.

30 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Annual Memorial Service

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Dear colleagues and family members,

Each year, it is my solemn duty to honour our colleagues and friends who have lost their lives in the course of their service to the United Nations.

This year, because of the pandemic, we cannot be together in person.

But please know that each of our fallen colleagues is firmly in my heart, I believe is firmly in all our hearts.