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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.

11 December 2017
Director-General's remarks at the 9th Annual Meeting of the UN Strategic Planning Network
11 December 2017
Director-General's remarks at the 24th General Assembly of the Students’ League of Nations
8 December 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award
4 December 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of Korean Painter Kim Geun-tae’s Art Exhibition” (Like Wildflowers, Like Stars)
4 December 2017
Director-General's message on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Forum of Small States (FOSS)
4 December 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event entitled “1000 Days of SDGs: Is International Geneva walking the talk?”
30 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Seminar on Cooperation between Parliaments and the United Nations
30 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event with Pictet Group
29 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the launch of the report: The Global State of Democracy”
28 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Play/Performance “I Dance”
28 November 2017
Director-General's statement at the International Conference on “Standards for Sustainable Development Goals”, part of the 27th annual session of the UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)
27 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the photo Exhibition “Breathtaking Russia”
24 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the XIV UNOG-DCAF Seminar: “Leveraging SDG 16 to improve implementation of SDG 5”
24 November 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - African Women Ambassadors to the United Nations in Geneva and UNAIDS
24 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the 25th Anniversary of Armenia’s UN Membership (in French)
21 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the 2017 UNWG Bazaar
20 November 2017
Director-General's remarks entitled "There is Hope for the SDGs" at the World Children’s Day (in French)
16 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the FAROS Institutional Investors Forum (Euro Finance Week Frankfurt)
11 November 2017
Opening remarks delivered by Ms. Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on behalf of the Director-General at the Rotary Day at the United Nations - “Peace: Making a Difference”
10 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Ministerial Segment of the 78th Session of the Committee of Housing and Land Management
10 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Book Launch with Michael von der Schulenburg “On Building Peace: Rescuing the Nation-State and saving the United Nations”
9 November 2017
Director-General's opening remarks at Geneva Lecture Series: "Current Internet Governance Challenges; what’s next?" (in English and French)
8 November 2017
Director-General's speech at the event entitled “UN-World Bank Study: ‘Pathways for Peace’”
3 November 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event «En Route Vers La COP23» (in French)
3 November 2017
Director-General's speech at the roundtable discussion on the ‘Evolution of International Careers – the Contribution of Academia
3 November 2017
Director-General's speech at the event entitled “Inauguration de l’exposition ‘l’Institut et la communauté internationale : 90 ans d’histoire’”
2 November 2017
Director-General's remarks during the reception at the Appia migrants center (in French)
1 November 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition «Entre Deux Rives» (in French)
1 November 2017
Director-General's speech on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Swiss Forum for International Affairs - Panel « Le multilatéralisme en question : quelles conséquences pour la Genève internationale ? » (in French)
30 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the discussion with Béatrice Fihn, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
26 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the “Global Constructive Journalism Conference”
24 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the photo exhibition “LiensLazos”
24 October 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Concert of the Suisse Romande Orchestra (in French)
23 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations Charter - “SDGs: Their effects on human rights implementation in an ever-changing environment” by the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN)
17 October 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Spanish Language Day (in Spanish)
16 October 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Commemoration of the World Food Day 2017
13 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event “UN City – Copenhagen: Culture Night 2017”
12 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the “Public Meeting About the Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century”
11 October 2017
Director-General’s remarks at the High-Level Exchange of the First Committee of the 72nd General Assembly.
10 October 2017
Director-General's speech to the students, parents and professors of the International School of Geneva - La Grande Boissière.
10 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Bi-Annual Civil Society Briefing
6 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event “North American Passive House Network Conference and Expo 2017”
6 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the “Conference of the Economics and Business Faculty Association”
3 October 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the art donation “Thoughts and Desires” by the Republic of Azerbaijan
2 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Photo exhibition on World Habitat Day: ‘Geneva: The Habitats Within’
2 October 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Book launch “Gandhi’s outstanding leadership”
29 September 2017
Director-General's remarks at the UNWG Children’s Walk 2017
27 September 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event “Working Together Globally to Combat Diabetes” by the International Association of Lions Clubs
26 September 2017
Director-General's remarks at a conference organised by Crédit Suisse on the theme "What perspectives for Switzerland, Europe and the United Kingdom in 2018?" (text in French).
25 September 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the photo exhibition “Feel How Gender Shapes Migration”
20 September 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Art Donation “TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION”
12 September 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the Photo exhibition “ASEAN@50”
11 September 2017
Director-General's remarks at the “World Economic Forum – 2017 Annual Curators Meeting of the Global Shapers”
10 September 2017
Director-General’s remarks at the concert of the United Nations Orchestra on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Switzerland's Accession to the UN (in French)
8 September 2017
Director-General’s remarks at the concert of the United Nations Orchestra on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Switzerland's Accession to the UN (in French)
4 September 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition “Traveling Arpilleras”
31 August 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the « Fête de la Presse & de la Communication et du Club suisse de la presse » (in French)
31 August 2017
Director-General's remarks at “My Dream” - Cultural Performance by the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe
21 August 2017
Director-General's remarks during the Solemn Commemoration Ceremony of the 2017 edition of the World Humanitarian Day
21 August 2017
Director-General's remarks during the commemoration of the 2017 edition of the World Humanitarian Day: Panel discussion: “Violence against health care and its implications for affected populations, humanitarian workers and aid".
1 August 2017
Director-General’s remarks at the traditional brunch organized by the Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva to mark Swiss National Day (in French).
1 August 2017
Director-General’s remarks at an event in the commune of Anières held to mark Swiss National Day (in French).
29 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Symposium organized on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the International Social Security Association
29 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event “Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Opportunities and Challenges of Convergence”
28 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the High-Level Panel – "Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities: Partnerships and Solutions for Localized Implementation”
28 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Ahimsa Forum 2017
27 June 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Micro-, Small-, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day
27 June 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Farewell to Margaret Chan; 10 Years of Leadership on Global Health
22 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the 5th Sport Conference of the Fédération internationale de l'automobile.
22 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at a ceremony marking a book donation by the Republic of Singapore to the UN Library Geneva.
21 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition "United Nations Mine Action Service: 20 Years of Humanitarian Mine Action".
21 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the Photo exhibition “25 Years”, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia
20 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the art exhibitiion organized by the Permanent Mission of Israel: “Entire life in a Package”
20 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Photography exhibition “Refugees – a great challenge”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Germany
14 June 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the 2017 edition of the Geneva Opera Pool (in French)
13 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Launch of the World Vision International’s global campaign “It takes a world to end violence against children”
12 June 2017
Director-Generla's remarks on the occasion of the “World Day Against Child Labour” Performance, organized by the International Labour Organization in collaboration with Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto
12 June 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the “Internet Governance Forum: Multistakeholder Advisory Group Meeting”
12 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Executive Summer Course on Global Health Diplomacy: "“Geneva, a Global Health Hub for Multilateralism and Diplomacy”
6 June 2017
Director-General's remarks during the event “Russian as a Language of Love. On the occasion of Russian Language Day”
2 June 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Bar Leaders' Briefing event organized by the International Association of Lawyers.
2 June 2017
Director-General's opening remarks at the event entitled "Pre-Human Rights Council Youth Forum: The Intergenerational Dialogue” by the World Young Women’s Christian Association
1 June 2017
Director-General's remarks on the at the Art exhibition “My Piece for Peace”, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia.
31 May 2017
Director-General's remarks at the International Day of UN Peacekeepers
26 May 2017
Director-General's remarks at the “European Economic Experts Forum”
18 May 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event “Integral Human Development – Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda”
17 May 2017
Director-General's remarks at the event "La Genève internationale, le remède pour un monde malade", les Colloques de La Tour (in French)
16 May 2017
Director-General's remarks at the "Young Virtuosi: concert of the laureates of the 11th Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition”, organised by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan
15 May 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the “CPLP Film Festival 2017”
14 May 2017
Message delivered by Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the Division of Conference Management at UNOG, on behalf of the Director-General at the concert in Neuchâtel by the United Nations Orchestra to mark the 15th anniversary of Switzerland’s membership of the United Nations (in French).
9 May 2017
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition "Art & Artisanat", organized by the United Nations Women’s Guild (in French)
3 May 2017
Director-General's remarks at the Global Sustainability Forum: "The SDGs, Sustainability and Innovation"
2 May 2017
Message delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the Division of Conference Management, United Nations Office at Geneva at the event entitled:“Interns with a Mission 2017: Internet and Youth”
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”
27 April 2017
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Celebration of the “Belarusian Spring Festival”
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 and 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"