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Speeches 2016

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.

2 December 2016
Director-General's message at the event "The UN’s Normative Role in an Agenda 2030 World"
1 December 2016
Director-General's remarks at the “Celebration of the Albanian National Day”, a cultural event consisting of a concert of Albanian musicians and the photography exhibition "Besa, I am your Protector" (text in French and English).
28 November 2016
Director-General's remarks during the conference "“Global Governance: what role for the youth ? » organized by the University of Geneva (in French).
28 November 2016
Director-General's remarks at the book launch for "Rostros y Rastros de una Leyenda: Faces and Traces of a Legend: Gertrude Duby Blom", organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva Library (text in French and Spanish).
25 November 2016
Director-General's remarks at the “Chamber Ensemble with Young Korean Virtuosos in Geneva”, a concert organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea.
22 November 2016
Director-General’s remarks at the opening of the "Bazar 2016 du CFNU", an annual fundraising initiative organized by the United Nations Women's Guild (UNWG or CFNU) in Geneva (text in French).
17 November 2016
Director-General's remarks at the library talk introducing Yasmine Sherif’s book “The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session”
17 November 2016
Message of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 10th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), delivered by the Director-General.
15 November 2016
Director-General’s remarks at the closing of the exhibition “Drops of Life”, a cultural event organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Permanent Missions of the Republic of Moldova and the Swiss Confederation on the occasion of the Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health.
13 November 2016
Director-General's remarks at the 2016 Youth Federal Session (in French)
10 November 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Opening of the Exhibition “Beneath the Carob Trees: the Lost Lives of Cyprus”; A photo exhibition on the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus
9 November 2016
Director-General’s remarks at the donation ceremony for a sculpture entitled "Ángel de la Paz", a gift from the Government and people of Guatemala to the United Nations Office at Geneva on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Peace Accords in Guatemala and Geneva Peace Week (text in English and Spanish).
8 November 2016
Keynote message of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Sixth High Level Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy, delivered by the Director-General
7 November 2016
Director-General's message on the occasion of the Opening of Geneva Peace Week 2016
4 November 2016
Director-General's remarks at the event "Time to Deliver the 2030 Agenda: A Geneva Seminar on Galvanizing Global Action"
1 November 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the screening of "The Fencer”, a cultural event organized by the Permanent Missions of the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Estonia.
31 October 2016
Director-General’s remarks at the opening of the “ASEAN Geneva Committee Painting Exhibition 2016”, a cultural event organized by the Permanent Missions of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
27 October 2016
Director-General’s remarks at the opening of the photo exhibit “Ultimately Human: The Leaders and the Led”, a cultural event organized by the Permanent Mission of the United States of America.
25 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the launch of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation
24 October 2016
Director-General's remarks during the event entitled “Climate Change: a many-sided, urgent and growing threat” by the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN)
24 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the “Concert à l’occasion de la Journée des Nations Unies”, a concert by the Orchestre de la Suisse romande to mark United Nations Day (Text in French)
24 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union “Human rights abuses as precursors of conflict: Parliaments as early responders”
21 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the UNOG Library talk: “The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in the Contemporary World”
20 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Ciné-ONU movie screening - “The Fear of 13”
18 October 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the "World Peace Concert at the United Nations”, a cultural event organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan.
17 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Launch of the UNRISD 2016 Flagship event: Walking the Talk: Transformative Pathways for Achieving the SDGs.
14 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the UNWG Children’s Walk 2016
14 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Soft Launch of the International Gender Champions – New York
13 October 2016
Message delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the Division of Conference Management at UNOG, during the "Spanish Language Day" event (the text of the speech is available in Spanish and English).
13 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the High-level exchange of the First Committee of the 71st General Assembly
10 October 2016
Director-General's remarks during the event "« Le Palais des Nations : rénovation d’un monument du patrimoine suisse et mondia » (in French).
10 October 2016
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Forum of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva: “Economic Empowerment of Women & Girls in a Sustainable Development Perspective”
7 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the UNOG Library Talk: “UN and Women’s Leadership: How can we move forward?”
7 October 2016
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Bi-Annual Civil Society Briefing (in English and French)
6 October 2016
Director-General's remarks during the Ciné-ONU Movie Screening - Suffragette
6 October 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Ceremony for the opening of the UN Women Geneva Liaison Office
6 October 2016
Director-General's remarks during the 6th Annual Giving Women Conference “Women migrants: their needs, the dangers, the violence, and the power. Giving women migrants a voice.”
5 October 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the opening of "The 2016 Korean Cinema Week in Geneva”, a cultural event organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea.
4 October 2016
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the "Global Refugee Management" event.
3 October 2016
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the planting of a Ginkgo Biloba sapling at the Palais des Nations by United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
28 September 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the cultural event “The Heritage of Frédéric Chopin”, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and with the cultural organization "Musica pro Pace".
27 September 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Commemoration event for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
15 September 2016
Director-General's lecture titled: “The UN in a world full of challenges” delivered at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University
15 September 2016
Director-General's address and greeting message from the UNSG at the International Conference “Europe Whole, Free and at Peace – 2040” on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Lithuania’s international recognition and UN membership
7 September 2016
Director-General's remarks at the 20th National Selection Conference of the European Youth Parliament Switzerland “Building Peace in a globalised world”
5 September 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Bled Strategic Forum 2016
31 August 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the informal briefing of the Human Rights Council
29 August 2016
Director-General's remarks at the International Conference “Building a Nuclear – Weapon - Free World”, 28-29 August 2016, Astana, Kazakhstan
22 August 2016
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Swiss Ambassadors Conference (in French)
22 August 2016
Director-General's Opening remarks at the closing plenary of the Annual Curators Meeting 2016 of the Global Shapers
19 August 2016
Director-General remarks on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day Panel Discussion "Youth in Humanitarian Action"
19 August 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Solemn Commemoration Ceremony of the World Humanitarian Day (in English and French)
10 August 2016
The Director-General's remarks at the opening ceremony of the 32nd edition of the far°, a performing arts festival in Nyon, Switzerland (in French).
9 July 2016
Remarks delivered by Mr. Michael Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, on behalf of the international community at the opening of the Mediterranean Concert.
1 July 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Meeting of the Council of Socialist International
28 June 2016
Director-General's remarks during the event "Volunteerism: Avenue for Social Transformation"
23 June 2016
Director-General's remarks at the BSCC Business Luncheon in Geneva; "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - why business should bother?"
22 June 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Opening of the Informal Conference on Disarmament Civil Society Forum 2016
22 June 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the musical performance “Culture of China: Colourful Yunnan”, organized by the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China and the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Yunnan Province
20 June 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the children's concert "Side by Side", organized by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland, with the support of Fondation Gandur pour la jeunesse, Fondation Francis et Marie-France Minkoff, Fondation Arditi, Fondation Sport, Equilibre and Milos Kasic Charitable Foundation, on the ccasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Human Rights Council
20 June 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the cultural presentation "Turkmen Treasures", organized by the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan on the occasion of the “Year of Respect for Heritage and Reformation of the Motherland” in Turkmenistan
19 June 2016
Director-General's remarks at the International Day of Yoga 2016
15 June 2016
Director-General's remarks “Looking ahead - Exiting from Disorder” at the Closing Panel of the 11th International Security Forum
13 June 2016
Director-General's welcome remarks at the UN Library Talk: "The lasting legacy of a man of action: Fridtjof Nansen First High Commissioner for Refugees"
13 June 2016
Director-General's opening remarks during the opening ceremony of the "Salle des Emirats", Conference Room XVII.
10 June 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the launch of the Global Peace Index 2016
9 June 2016
Director-General's remarks at the Official Welcoming Ceremony of the SIDS Delegates without Permanent Mission in Geneva attending HRC 32
6 June 2016
Director-General's remarks at the 40th anniversary of the Association of German employees working in international organizations (VDBIO)
3 June 2016
On the occassison of Russian Langauge Day 2016, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation and the Russian Cultural Seasons organized a musical and poetry performance, a concert, and a porcelain and painting exhibition at the Palais des Nations.
31 May 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the Plenary Meeting of the ITU Council
31 May 2016
Director-General remarks at the commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers (in French)
24 May 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the Session IV: Gender equality and women's economic empowerment in the new global frameworks, UNCTAD Expert Meeting on Trade as a Tool for the Economic Empowerment of Women
23 May 2016
Opening remarks of the Director-General at the plenary session: “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” at the opening of the 69th World Health Assembly
20 May 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the event “Model United Nations of Children”
18 May 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the Taekwondo demonstration “Empower Yourself with Taekwondo”, organized by the World Taekwondo Federation
17 May 2016
UN Secretary-General's message delivered by Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of UNOG on the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2016: ICT Entrepreneurship for Social Impact
13 May 2016
Remarks of the Director-General during the Roundtable entitled “Lessons of international cooperation efforts for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Chernobyl affected regions"
12 May 2016
Allocution de M. Michael Møller, Directeur général de l'ONUG, à la remise de la médaille « Genève reconnaissante »
12 May 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the event entitled: "Global support and political will for the OEWG and nuclear disarmament"
11 May 2016
Director-General's welcoming remarks at the reception to mark the launch of the Disarmament section of the UNOG Bookshop & to honour the winners of the UN Poster for Peace Contest
9 May 2016
Allocution de M. Michael Møller, Directeur général de l'ONUG, à l'exposition « Art and Artisanat », organisée par le Cercle Féminin des Nations Unies
9 May 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the CPLP Film Festival, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on the occasion of the Portuguese Language and Culture Day
3 May 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the European Newspaper Congress/European Editor’s Forum
2 May 2016
Allocution de M. Michael Møller, Directeur général de l'ONUG, à la Séance du Conseil de la Chambre de commerce, d’industrie et des services de Genève
2 May 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the Presentation of Ginkgo Biloba sapling by Mr. Kazumi Matsui, President of Mayors for Peace and Mayor of Hiroshima
29 April 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the high-level event "Celebrating the Olympic Spirit", on the occasion of the presence of the Olympic Flame at the Palais des Nations, the awarding of the Olympic Cup to the United Nations and the commemoration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
28 April 2016
Remarks of the Director-General during the event “The future and possible solutions of migration” (AS PREPARED BUT NOT DELIVERED)
28 April 2016
Director-General's lecture/discussion on the implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and reform of the UN at the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace)
27 April 2016
Director-General's Keynote address on “The Global Governance Crisis and the Role of the UN”
27 April 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the CAGI (Centre d'Accueil Genève Internationale) (in French)
26 April 2016
Director-General's remarks at the event entitled "How can the Rotary contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals ?" (in French)
25 April 2016
Director-General's opening keynote “Why Research Matters for UN Policy-Making” at the roundtable entitled “Strengthening the UN’s Research Uptake”
21 April 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at Geneva Lecture Series – Ninth Edition with the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet “A Civil Peace by Civil Society – Tunisian Experiences for the Future of the Region” (in English and French)
19 April 2016
Director-General's remarks at the opening of the exhibition “China’s Nvshu” on the occasion of Chinese Language Day, organized by the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China
18 April 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at "Interns with a Mission 2016" on Youth empowerment through the Sustainable Development Goals
15 April 2016
Allocution de M. Michael Møller, Directeur général de l'ONUG, à l'exposition « Dialogue avec les Nations » organisée par la Mission permanente de la France
11 April 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda
8 April 2016
Closing remarks of the Director-General at the Geneva Conference on “Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward”
7 April 2016
Director-General's Opening Remarks at the Geneva Conference on “Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward”
18 March 2016
Message of the Director-General on the occasion of the Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
17 March 2016
Allocution du Directeur général à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la Francophonie
17 March 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the100th meeting of the ISO Council
13 March 2016
Allocution de M. Michael Møller, Directeur général de l'ONUG, au Concert du 5e anniversarie de l'Orchestre des Nations Unies
8 March 2016
Director-General's remarks the event entitled "Gender parity: Game changer or gamble?"
7 March 2016
Director-General's remarks at the"17th Edition of Geneva International Model United Nations Annual Conference 2016” by the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN)
2 March 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the First International Pledging Conference for the Implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention: A Mine Free World by 2025: The Last Stretch
1 March 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the donation ceremony of the “Qvevri”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Georgia
29 February 2016
Remarks of the Director-General at the opening of the exhibition “Human Rights and the Culture of Islam”, organized by the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar on the occasion of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council
25 February 2016
Director-General's opening remarks during the Bi-Annual Civil Society Briefing (in English and French)
18 February 2016
Director-General's keynote address delivered at the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
16 February 2016
Director-General's opening remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Nineteenth International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and UN Advisors
9 February 2016
Director-General's remarks on the occasion of the Panel Discussion on “Disarmament and Collective Security” Research Project
6 February 2016
Director-General's remarks entitlled “The need for an integrated and inclusive frame for sustainable economic progress” delivered at Warwick Economics Summit
27 January 2016
Message delivered on behalf of the Director-General by Mr. Salman Bal, Senior Political Coordination Adviser, Office of the Director-General of UNOG at the event entitled "Geneva Engage: E-participation for International Geneva"
26 January 2016
Welcome remarks delivered by Mr. David A. Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet on behalf of the Director-General at the UNOG Library Talk: book launch of “Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda: Case studies and interventions”, edited by Ishbel McWha-Hermann, Douglas C. Maynard, Mary O'Neill Berry
15 January 2016
Director-General's remarks at the event entitled “Caring For Our Common Home” on the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’
14 January 2016
Director-General's remarks at the New Year’s reception of the German International Club in Geneva (in English and German)
13 January 2016
Director-General's remarks during the 6th edition of the Ferney Model of United Nations (FerMUN) (in English and French)