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Speeches 2017

The Director-General is often invited to speak on the work of the Organization at conferences, seminars and other types of meetings as well as at opening of cultural events. Many of these speeches and statements are made available to the public.

All publicly available speeches and statements are listed in chronological order. If you wish to search for a particular topic and/or event, you can use the regular search function of the website.

23 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the Bi-Annual Civil Society Briefing (in English and French)
22 February 2017
Director-General's speech at the Special Informal Plenary of the Conference on Disarmament to Commemorate the 110th Anniversary of the Second Hague Conference of Peace
21 February 2017
Director-General's speech on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, the inauguration of UNOG's Centre for Learning and Multilingualism and the opening of the photo exhibition "Once upon a time a document".
20 February 2017
Director-General's speech entitled "Global Governance Challenges: What Role for the United Nations", which he delivered at the launch conference of the Master of Advanced Studies in European adn International Governance (MEIG) of the University of Geneva.
14 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the Panel discussion on “De-Militarising Security through Human Rights to Peace, SDG 16 & Disarmament”, organised by the Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation – SCRAP
10 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at the 20th International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and United Nations Advisers (NDM-UN)
9 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Dialogue on Faith, Peacebuilding and Development
8 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) - Closing Ceremony of the Inter –Network Day
7 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at a conference hosted by the "Lions Club Genève", a branch of the international philanthropic organization Lions Club International (text in French).
7 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Opening of the 20th International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and United Nations Advisers (NDM-UN)
31 January 2017
Director-General's remarks at the UNOG-DCAF Seminar entitled “Violent Extremism Online – a Challenge to Peace and Security”
26 January 2017
The Director-General's remarks at the opening of "The Holocaust against the Roma and Sinti and Present Day Racism in Europe", a photo exhibition organized by the Permanent Delegation of the European Union.
24 January 2017
The Director-General's remarks during the opening of "Francisco de Vitoria and the Inception of the Principles of the United Nations: His Legacy Today", a conference honouring the memory of Francisco de Vitoria, a founding figure of international law and human rights.
24 January 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Opening of the 2017 session of the Conference on Disarmament
21 January 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Major Incident Medical Management and Support Training for United Nations Designated Officials (in French)
16 January 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event "Bringing Down Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Economic and Business Imperative"