Fighting the “Wildfire” of Hate Speech

Secretary-General greets worshippers at Islamic Cultural Center of NY, UN Photo/Evan Schneider

On Friday, the Secretary-General visited the Islamic Cultural Center of New York to show his solidarity with the worldwide Muslim community, a week after the attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. During his visit, he issued a global call to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers. He said hate speech was “spreading like wildfire” and underscored that social media is being exploited as a platform for bigotry and that public discourse is being coarsened. “The cancer is spreading. It is our duty to find a cure,” he stressed. The Secretary-General also signed a condolence book at the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations.

Press encounter at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York:

Remarks at Mosque:

Article on medium:

South-South Cooperation

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General delivered remarks at the opening of the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He said that South‑South cooperation can provide solutions to several challenges central to combating climate change and promoting sustainable development. The Secretary-General also visited the Memory Park to “pay tribute to all those who were victims of state-sponsored violence, and to the human rights defenders who carry the torch for our common humanity,” as he said in a tweet.


Statements and Messages

On World Water Day:

On Cyclone Idai:

On explosion at a chemical plant in China:

On the International Day of Nowruz:

On the capsizing of a ferry near Mosul, Iraq:

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

On the impacts of the floods and earthquake in Indonesia:

On flooding in Zimbabwe:

Senior Appointments

Ms. Ute Klamert of Germany as Assistant Executive Director of the World Food Programme:

Ms. Denise Brown of Canada as Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):

Next Week

On Monday, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at events marking the International Days for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. On Thursday, he will take part in a press briefing to launch of the World Meteorological Organization’s Statement on the State of the Global Climate 2018. On Friday, the Secretary-General will participate in a peacekeeping ministerial meeting.