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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.

27 April 2017
Remarks of the Director-General at the event “Reclaiming the United Nations as a Peace Organisation – Ensuring women’s meaningful participation for peace and strengthening multilateralism”
26 April 2017
Director-General's remarks at the70th Anniversary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
25 April 2017
Director-General's closing remarks at the “Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region”
20 April 2017
Message delivered by Mr. Clemens Adams, Director of the Division of Administration, United Nations Office at Geneva on behalf of the Director-General at the AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects
19 April 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition "Beautiful China, Picturesque Zheijiang” on the occasion of Chinese Language Day
6 April 2017
Director-General's remarks during the exhibition "We play together" on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
3 April 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event “Knowledge for Development: Global Partnership Conference”
28 March 2017
Director-General's remarks at the 2017 Liaison Delegate Meeting of the WBCSD, a global advocacy association of over 200 businesses working together to support sustainable development.
27 March 2017
Director-General's remarks at the "18th Edition of Geneva International Model United Nations Annual Conference 2017” by the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN)
27 March 2017
Remarks delivered by Mr. Francesco Pisano, Director of the UNOG Library on behalf of the Director-General at the Opening of the ASEAN Film Festival 2017
25 March 2017
Director-General's remarks during at the Charity concert for the benefit of activities of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
24 March 2017
" La Genève internationale, plus nécessaire que jamais"
22 March 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition: “Aqua: Contemporary artists and water issues” (in French)
21 March 2017
Director-General's opening remarks at the International Day of Nowruz: Culinary exhibition and musical performance
20 March 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event “Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums”
17 March 2017
Director-General's opening remarks at the cultural event “Pakistan’s National Day: celebrating the 70th year of independence”
16 March 2017
Director-General's remarks at the 2017 General Assembly of the Geneva University Alumni: "Repenser nos réponses à la crise migratoire" (in French)
13 March 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition "Lumière d'Afriques", organized by the African Artists for Develoment Fund (in French)
5 March 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Concert by the United Nations Orchestra on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Switzerland’s membership of the United Nations (in German)
28 February 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Opening of the #childmothers exhibition, followed by a High-Level Debate on Early Adolescent Pregnancy
28 February 2017
Director-General's speech at the event entitled "Future Dreaming: A Celebration of Indigenous Culture and Innovation in Australia"
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"