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Secretary-General Statements

19 May 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
We are here on a historic occasion: the inaugural Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal ceremony. I am pleased to see so many representatives of Member States and UN staff, including the Force Commanders of all of our peacekeeping operations. Thank you for your participation and commitment. During nearly 70 years of UN peacekeeping, more than one million men and women have deployed under our blue flag. The overwhelming majority served with great distinction and honour.
19 May 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
Today, we gather at this memorial site to lay a wreath to honour the brave men and women who died while serving under the United Nations Flag. Last year, 129 peacekeepers from 50 countries lost their lives due to malicious acts, accidents and disease. It was the 12th time in the last 13 years that more than 100 Blue Helmets fell in one year. The tragic total since 1948 is nearly 3,500. Please join me in a moment of silence in tribute to their bravery. Thank you.
11 Apr 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
It is a pleasure to be with you.  I want to thank the Republic of Korea, Norway, Ethiopia and IPI for organizing today’s discussions. I thank all of you for coming together to focus on how to ensure that the United Nations is well placed to address the peace and security challenges of today and tomorrow. There is a collective sense that our toolbox has not kept pace with the emerging and increasingly complex challenges we face in peace and security.
31 Mar 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
I am shocked to the core by the latest allegations of abuse by international forces in the Central African Republic. Our focus must be on the victims and their families. We are talking about women and young children who have been traumatized in the worst imaginable way.
30 Mar 2016 | Stockholm, Sweden
I thank the Government and people of Sweden for a very warm welcome. It is a singular honour to be in this magnificent and legendary City Hall … among this most distinguished audience ... to deliver a lecture named for a towering hero of humanity. Dag Hammarskjöld was Swede through and through, but he also belonged to the world. I feel both privileged and humbled to be serving in the role he once filled so masterfully.
10 Mar 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
Thank you for this opportunity to brief you on important steps being taken and measures being put in place to end the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable people by United Nations personnel sent to protect them.  For many people caught up in poverty and conflict around the world, the United Nations represents their final hope for a better future. When sexual exploitation and abuse are perpetrated on these individuals by the United Nations personnel authorised to protect them, it further victimizes and violates them and inflicts untold harm on already fragile communities. 
16 Feb 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
It is a true pleasure to be here today at the opening debate of this year’s session of the Special Committee.  I want to thank you, Chair, for the invitation to speak today, and I congratulate you and the members of the bureau on your re-election. This year’s debate is taking place at a moment of singular challenge, but also of singular opportunity.  The changing nature of conflict as we all know is placing great pressure on the international community and on all concerned.
16 Feb 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General’s Jan Eliasson’s remarks to the General Assembly Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations opening debate, in New York today: It is a true pleasure to be here today at the opening debate of this year’s session of the Special Committee.  I want to thank you, Chair, for the invitation to speak today, and I congratulate you and the members of the bureau on your re-election. This year’s debate is taking place at a moment of singular challenge, but also of singular opportunity.
15 Feb 2016 | Security Council
Excelentísima Sra. Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez, Canciller de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela y Presidenta del Consejo de Seguridad, Distinguidos Ministros, Distinguidos Miembros del Consejo de Seguridad, Agradezco a la Presidencia de Venezuela haber organizado este debate abierto sobre un tema de enorme importancia para las Naciones Unidas. Today’s event continues the useful discussion initiated last year under the Chinese presidency.
18 Jun 2015 | UN Headquarters
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you. You represent collective security and international solidarity in action. I thank you for your dedication and leadership. I commend the thousands of peacekeeping troops who serve with honour under your command. Together, you have helped to separate forces, disarm fighters, monitor human rights, provide care and so much more. Our deployments are greater than ever before.