U.N. Secretariat

01 December 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the press with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, following the AU-UN Conference

Mesdames et messieurs les journalistes,  

Permettez-moi de commencer à côté de mon très cher ami, le Président Moussa Faki. Permettez-moi de commencer en lançant un cri d’alarme. Un cri d’alarme contre l’injustice et l’immoralité dans la façon dont la communauté internationale traite l’Afrique. 

30 November 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 and China

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Excellencies,

It is a pleasure to join the Group of 77 and China – a steadfast supporter of multilateralism and the United Nations. 

Your founding principles of unity, complementarity, cooperation and solidarity are especially relevant in these times of crisis.

You have been leaders in placing development at the centre of the UN agenda. 

I congratulate Guinea for guiding the Group through many complex processes during this difficult year.

Excellencies,

29 November 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Second Session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction 

I wish to start by extending my warm congratulations to Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi for his election as the President of the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

It is a pleasure to join you today in continuing this important process.

Since 1967, five nuclear-weapon-free zones have been established around the world.

They include 60 percent of the United Nations Member States and cover almost all of the Southern Hemisphere.

16 November 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council - on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security Through Preventive Diplomacy

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Mr. President, Excellencies,  

Thank you for shining a light on the importance of preventive diplomacy.  

Prevention does not always get the attention it deserves.  

Perhaps because it is difficult to measure the results of a conflict averted, a war forestalled, or the suffering of thousands of people avoided altogether.  

But prevention is absolutely vital to lasting peace.  

09 November 2021, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council - on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

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Mr. President, Excellencies.

I thank the Government of Mexico for convening this debate on a topic at the heart of so many challenges facing this Council.

For the poorest and most vulnerable people, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified misery and inequalities.

Around 120 million more people have been pushed into poverty.

Hunger and famines are stalking millions of people around the world.

We face the deepest global recession since World War 2.

26 October 2021, General Assembly

Remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Delivering Climate Action - for People, Planet & Prosperity

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Mr. President of the General Assembly — thank you very for convening us and for your commitment and leadership mobilizing us all for climate action.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

The United Nations and this assembly were created precisely for the kind of challenge that brings us together today.

The climate crisis is a code red for humanity.

This assembly — and governments around the world — face a moment of truth.

24 October 2021, New York

Remarks on the 50th anniversary of General Assembly resolution 2758

I am pleased to join you as we mark 50 years since the General Assembly adopted resolution 2758 deciding to “restore all its rights to the People’s Republic of China and to recognize the representatives of its Government as the only legitimate representatives of China in the United Nations.”

In the decades since, China has become an increasingly important contributor to the work of the Organization and a major pillar of international cooperation.

25 October 2021, General Assembly

Remarks at informal Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on Our Common Agenda

Excellencies,

I am pleased to join you for this discussion on Our Common Agenda, building on the 12 commitments that you made in the UN75 declaration.

I have now had the opportunity to address you twice: to launch the report, and during the high-level week of the General Assembly.

I have also heard your preliminary reactions and those of your heads of State and government.

Excellencies,

26 October 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at the launch of the Emissions Gap 2021 Report press conference

Ladies and gentlemen of the press — good morning.

I welcome my colleague Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.

We are both here to keep sounding the alarm. 

Less than one week before COP26 in Glasgow, we are still on track for climate catastrophe even with the last announcements that were made. 

The 2021 Emissions Gap Report shows that with the present Nationally Determined Contributions and other firm commitments of countries around the world, we are indeed on track for a catastrophic global temperature rise of around 2.7 degrees Celsius.

26 October 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Global Ministerial Conference on Addressing Hate Speech Through Education

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President Geingob of Namibia, thank you for co-chairing this event with Director-General Azoulay.

And I would repeat our thanks to France, Portugal, Lithuania, Qatar, the European Union and the Republic of Korea for their support of this conference.

Distinguished Ministers of Education, delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

I called for this conference because the issue of hate speech cuts to the heart of the polarization and divisions plaguing our world.