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05 October 2021

(Address pronounced in French)

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

When we talk about mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, we are not only talking about serious mental illness, but also, for example, about the effects of stress and anxiety, which may be linked to...

30 September 2021

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

As an Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, I have made it a point to listen to the voices of people with mental health issues, from a number of countries, in both the developed and developing world. They want...

08 July 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated lives, communities and entire economies. As the progression of the virus shows signs of abatement, we know that we still have a long way to go. The pandemic has also laid bare the inequalities and fragilities...

11 May 2021

Dear Rectors, Deans, Professors,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear students,

COVID has changed our lives. Working and studying in an environment full of uncertainties is a permanent challenge.  Bringing together students and faculty from four academic institutions, to

20 April 2021

Madam Commissioner,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Almost 6 years ago, the international community unanimously adopted a roadmap to a more sustainable future. Agenda 2030 and the 17 sustainable development goals were born out of a shared perception: we needed a new definition of progress. “...

17 March 2021

Zijne Majesteit de Koning woont de opening bij van de retrospectieve rond de schilder Roger Raveel in BOZAR/Paleis voor Schone Kunsten. Raveel zou dit jaar 100 jaar oud geworden zijn. Met het bezoek wenst de Koning een eerbetoon te betuigen aan een van de belangrijkste Belgische schilders van de...

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....