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Speeches 2018

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.

19 September 2018
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the “World Peace Art Exhibition 2018”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan
18 September 2018
Director-General's remarks during the photo Exhibition - “ALÂTHAR: Seul(e) après Daesh”
17 September 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event "2e Conférence internationale des jeunes francophones" (in French)
13 September 2018
Director-General's remarks at the reception organized by swissuniversities
10 September 2018
Director-General's remarks at the“Vaccine Heroes” Exhibition by Gavi
4 September 2018
Director-General's remarks at the High-Level Event on Marine Plastic Litter and Microplastics
28 August 2018
Director-General's remarks at the film screening "Where the Wind Blew"
16 August 2018
Director-General's remarks at the World Humanitarian Day
9 August 2018
Director-General's remarks at the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention
7 August 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Conference on Disarmament plenary on the Secretary-General’s disarmament agenda
26 July 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event "Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) – Sport Integrity Forum"
18 July 2018
Remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Mr. Clemens Adams, Director of the Division of Administration, UNOG at the Nelson Mandela International Day
27 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the film screening “The Children of Genghis”
26 June 2018
Director-General's remarks during the event organized by Socialist International
20 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event “Karapat Dapat – Child, Know your Rights”
19 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the exhibition "As Marias" organized by the Permanent Mission of Brazil
18 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Conference RUN 2018 - Rethinking Methods of Investigation
18 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event "Luminarium - “Girls’ Education”
11 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the concert "Debussy et le Liban" (in French)
6 June 2018
Remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the Division of Conference Management, UNOG at the event "Russian as a Language of Love. On the occasion of Russian Language Day"
4 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the art exhibition “Novecento…Futuro”
1 June 2018
Director-General's remarks at the 2018 Academic Closing Ceremony of the Florimont Institute (in French)
31 May 2018
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
30 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the 2018 edition of the Geneva Opera Pool (in French)
27 May 2018
Director-General''s remarks at the Global Challenges Foundation New Shape Forum
24 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the book Launch “Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention”
21 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the 71st World Health Assembly; “Health for all: commit to universal health coverage”
18 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event : “Conflicts, Challenges, Cooperation and Solutions - The UN in the 21st Century”, organized by the Centre for Hellenic Studies (Greece), Harvard University
18 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event : "Artificial Intelligence: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies "
14 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Portuguese film festival, organized by the Permanent Mission of Brazil
8 May 2018
Remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Mr. David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Director-General at the film screening “Sobibor”
7 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the UNIDIR 2018 Space Security Conference “Space Security: The Next Chapter”
7 May 2018
Director-General's remarks at the International Annual Meeting on Computer-Assisted Translation and Terminology - From end to end: tools and technology as links in the chain
4 May 2018
Director-General''s remarks at the 48th St. Gallen Symposium - “Humanity’s To-Do List for a Better Future”
26 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Mayors for Peace Youth Forum
25 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the 2018 Geneva Book and Press Fair, Geneva
23 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event "20+5 SDG Cities Leadership Platform"
16 April 2018
Remarks delivered by the Director-General at the exhibition and interactive workshop “Charm of Chinese Culture: from Characters to Literature” organized on the occasion of Chinese Language Day by the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland
11 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Junior Diplomat Initiative Youth Dialogue 2018: “The Diplomatic Kaleidoscope: A Reflection of Inclusivity”
10 April 2018
Remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Mr. Clemens Adams, Director of the Division of Administration, UNOG at the event "Public – Private Partnership for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda" organized by the Joint Inspection Unit
10 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
10 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Art Exhibition “Domus Terrae”
9 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event “Perspectives from Geneva: Bridging the humanitarian, development and security gap through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
9 April 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event "The Role of the United Nations and of International Geneva in Internet Governance" (in French)
26 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the “The 19th Edition of Geneva International Model United Nations Annual Conference 2018” by the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN)
23 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the 70th Anniversary of the International Road Transport Union (IRU)
20 March 2018
Director-General's remarks entitled "Social Work and Youth: Towards Inclusive Sustainable Development" delivered on the occasion of the World Social Work Day 2018
20 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at theInternational Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
17 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the UN Orchestra concert in partnership with the MENUHIN contest if favor of UNAIDS (in English and French)
15 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the 2nd Symposium for Senior NATO/PfP LEGADs (SSL): Challenges regarding Legal Interoperability, organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
13 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event "The Role of Global and Regional Organizations in the Advancement of SDG 16", organized by the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy (IRDD)
12 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Founex Forum (in French)
8 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Report launch and panel discussion “In Her Shoes: Human Rights Challenges faced by Women and Girls of African Descent”
7 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event “Beyond the Grand Bargain, two years on – taking stock of the recommendations of the UN High Level Panel’s Report on Humanitarian Financing”, organized by the Norwegian Refugee Council and the World Bank
7 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event "Press for Progress: SheTrades Globally" in the framework of the International Women’s Day 2018 hosted by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and Maersk
6 March 2018
Remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the Division of Conference Management, UNOG at the event "The Contribution of Latin American Women to Gender Equality in the Charter of the United Nations" - International Gender Champions Initiative
2 March 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region
28 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the photography exhibition“Only Wings Matter: Breaking Stereotypes”
26 February 2018
Remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Mr. Clemens Adams, Director of the Division of Administration, UNOG at the Poster Exhibition “17FOR17” organized by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
26 February 2018
Remarks delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the Division of Conference Management, UNOG at the Art Exhibition “Too tall to overlook” organized by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
23 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Forum of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva: “Women and Global Migration: Root Causes and Innovative Solutions”
21 February 2018
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the celebration of International Mother Language Day
15 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Bi-Annual Civil Society Briefing (in French and English)
15 February 2018
Director-General0s remarks at the 23rd International Humanitarian and Security Conference (IHSC) - “The Need for Effective Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration”
13 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the 21st International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and United Nations Advisers
12 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event “Weapons Development and Disarmament: Challenges and Opportunities”, organised by the Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation – SCRAP
9 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Construction Site of the Riigot Shelter for Migrants (in French)
8 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the event: “World Order in an Age of Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities for the UN and International Geneva”
7 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the Closing Ceremony of the Inter–Network Day during the Fourth Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW)
6 February 2018
Director-General's remarks at the art ehibition “Migratory Birds” organized by the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
29 January 2018
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition “Let me be myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank” on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
22 January 2018
Director-General's opening remarks at the Art Exhibition and Showcase/ Celebration “Emirati Culture and Heritage”