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01 December 2020

Building back better for mental health

I am very pleased to be part of this conversation. I see this session as a great opportunity for us to help boost the visibility of mental health and wellbeing.

As you know, this is a subject I feel passionate about. I have addressed it many...

25 November 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals, a coherent framework for the future of food security and nutrition

Director General,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ending food insecurity in all its forms is a long-standing goal of the international community.


12 October 2020

Remobilizing for the Sustainable Development Goals in the Time of COVID

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The COVID-19 crisis has brought to light the fragilities of our societies and of our world.

The future holds more uncertainties. Inequalities are on the rise.  Too many children and...

10 October 2020

(Message pronounced in French)

I’m speaking to you today on the occasion of World Mental Health Day,

as an Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.

You have decided to participate in this Big Event for Mental Health

organized by the World Health Organization....

14 September 2020

(Message pronounced in French)

A new impetus for mental health

Regional Director, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

Good mental health helps us all to achieve our full potential. It boosts our resilience and ability to manage change and uncertainty. Investing in mental...

15 July 2020

Her Majesty the Queen addresses young people via a webinar organized by the United Nations on mental health and COVID-19. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus and Director General of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, take part, together with Jayathma...

20 February 2020

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear students,

Agenda 2030, adopted in 2015 by all the Member States of the United Nations, is a transformative agenda. It is also a very complex agenda, that needs everyone’s support. Therefore, it calls not only on governments, but...

12 February 2020

Mr. Secretary General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thirty years ago, King Baudouin addressed Heads of State and Government who had gathered, here in New York, to mark the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. He reiterated the importance of making governments and...

16 December 2019

"The Belgian people remember their American liberators". The inscription on this memorial stone is etched on our hearts as well. Our gratitude extends to all the soldiers of the Allied countries, whose many representatives I warmly welcome here today.

The Battle of the Bulge was almost...

21 November 2019

Thank you for your kind words.

Meine Damen und Herren,
Guten Abend,

Ich danke die Hubert Burda Media Holding für diesen prestigeträchtigen Preis für mein soziales und humanitäres Engagement. Es bewegt mich tief.

Belgium and Germany share common values regarding human...