At Paris Forum, Secretary-General underscores “necessity” of international cooperation

On Sunday, the Secretary-General joined world leaders in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  He addressed the opening of the Paris Peace Forum — along with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  The Secretary-General emphasized that multilateralism today “is no longer just a hope but, more than ever, a necessity.”  He would not “sit back and watch an assault on multilateralism” just when it was “most needed,” and affirmed the United Nations remained “at the centre of the harmonization of efforts to achieve peace and sustainable development.”

The Secretary-General at the Paris Peace Forum. Photo: UNESCO/Luis Abad




Internet Governance Forum

On Monday, the Secretary‑General opened the Internet Governance Forum with French President Emmanuel Macron and the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.  He said “technology should empower not overpower us” and stated that while there were many digital risks, “some of them could be turned into digital opportunities.” The Secretary-General also stressed that “digital growth affects everyone” and that “traditionally unheard and marginalized voices should be more visibly involved in the IGF’s work.”


Templeton Prize

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General attended the 2018 Templeton Prize Ceremony awarding King Abdullah II of Jordan. In his remarks, he said that faith was “too often used to divide us” but that it “should provide pathways for people to come together in their diversity.” The Secretary-General added that “King Abdullah’s promotion of peace within Islam, and between Muslims and people of other beliefs, has contributed to global peace and progress in many ways in our world.”


Statements and Messages

On the killing of peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

On Iraqi repatriation of Kuwaiti property:

On the situation in Gaza:

On the wildfires in the United States:

To Commission on Information and Democracy:

On developments in Sri Lanka:

Next Week

On Monday, the Secretary-General will attend the opening of the eighth Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations. He will also deliver remarks at the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will participate in a Security Council open debate on strengthening peacekeeping operations in Africa.