“The Demining Initiative is both a humanitarian necessity, but it’s also a boost to peace”: John Kerry

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Remarks at the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia Ministerial

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 18, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody, and welcome to an important event to kick off a lot of events here in the course of the UNGA week. My co-chair and good friend, Borge Brende, and I are really delighted to welcome everybody here. And we’re particularly happy today that we are able to welcome President Santos of Colombia, and needless to say, we are really grateful to so many members of the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia for coming here this morning at this important meeting.

There are going to be a lot of meetings – too many, maybe – and conversations this week with UNGA. But I think here today and now, this event really is one of the most meaningful, one of the most important, one of the most personal to all of us in many ways because we are gathered to take a finite step in doing what the United Nations was founded to do, which is be able to build lasting peace in various places in the world, and ultimately, in the world altogether.

So we come together at a very pivotal moment and a profoundly heartening moment.

Read Secretary John Kerry’s remarks here.