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New York, 8 March 2018 We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds. Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world. The activism and advocacy…
New York, 21 November 2017   Good morning, your Excellencies, distinguished guests. Welcome to this High-Level Conference to mobilize support for reconstruction and resilience of countries and territories affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  I commend Caribbean Governments for their efforts in responding to these storms, for helping those affected, for demonstrating great regional solidarity, and for calling for this international high-level conference in support of reconstruction and resilience.  During my visits to Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, I saw a level of devastation that I have never witnessed before in my life. In Dominica, I saw a generation of development…
24 October 2017 Our world faces many grave challenges. Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend our differences to transform our future. When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world. On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality. Thank you.  Shokran.  Xie Xie.  Merci.  Spasibo.  Gracias.  Obrigado. António…