UNOPS

Media and Speeches

Read the latest speeches, remarks and opinion pieces presented by Under Secretary General and UNOPS Executive Director, Grete Faremo.

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Promoting Quality Infrastructure Investment Side Event​
Opening remarks by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS​, 19 September 2017 ​

Implementing the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs – The role of the UN System ​​
ICT: fundamental to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at the Swiss IT Leadership Forum, 27 June 2017

The Age of Sustainable Innovation Sum​mit​​, “Forging a long-term relationship with the private sector in achieving the SDGs.”
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, 21 June 2017

UN Ocean Conference - Plenary Meeting​
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, 8 June 2017

"Bringing the ocean to the most connected generation in history"  
Opening remarks by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at the  UN Ocean Conference Side Event, 8 June 2017 ​

UN Ocean Conference - ​Evening Reception with WATO​
Opening remarks by Grete Faremo, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at UN Ocean Conference Evening R​eception with WATO, 7 June 2017 ​​

UN Ocean Conference – Private sector roundtable on marine pollution
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at UNOPS, UN Environment, Germany and Parley side event, 7 June 2017 ​​

Learning from and accelerating good practices of local action for SDG14
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at UN Ocean Conference side event: Marine and coastal management, 6 June 2017​​

Engaging Millennials – Connecting Creativity to On-The-Ground Projects
Blog post by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, 6 June 2017​

Sustainable Oceans Summit. ​​Panel discussion on "The Future of Sustainability and Innovation in the P​rivate Sector: Collaboration between multilateral institutions and the private sector to create a sustainable future"​, with Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, 22 April 2017​

Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Euro Area. A joint conference by: MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy & European Central Bank
Keynote​ speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, 14 March 2017​

Bahamas Sym​posium on "Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States - SIDS: Equipping Public Institutions and Mobilizing Partnerships"​​
​Spe​ech​ by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, 21 February 2017​​​

Statement​ by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at the​​ f​irst regular se​ssion​​ of the Executive Board, 31 January 2017​

Developing infrastructure to support the SDGs​​
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at GIIN Investors Conference, 8 December 2016​

HABITAT III: High level Roundtable – 'Ecological, Climate Change Resilient, Disaster-responsive Cities'​​ 
Remarks by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at HABITAT III, Quito, 18 October​ 2016​​​

HABITAT III: Plenary Session 1 (Official opening)​
Statement by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at HABITAT III, Quito, 17 October​ 2016​​​​​

HABITAT III: UNOPS/UN-O​HRLLS Networking Event - Harnessing the potential of urbanization in least-developed countries​​​​
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at HABITAT III, Quito, 17 October​ 2016​​​​

HABITAT III: Special Session on Urban Infrastructure and Basic Services, including Energy​​
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at HABITAT III, Quito, 17 October​ 2016​​

"SDGs changing the way we engage with the private sector​"
Op-ed by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, in Great Insights, October/November 2016​

Private Sector Support for Achieving the SDGs​
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at the International Conference on Sustainable Development, New York, 21 September 2016​​

Global unity: can we achieve it in the way we understand sustainability?
Op-ed by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS​, in Development Today​, 31 August 2016​

UN Global ​Compact Leaders​ Summit 2016​
​Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS​, New York, 22​ June 2016​​

“Making peace in practice”​
​Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, at the Oslo Forum, Oslo, 13 ​June 2016​

It’s Time the World Included Women and Children in the Peace Process​
Op-ed by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, and Kevin Jenkins, President and CEO of World Vision International, ​in the Huffington Post, 23 May 2016

Public Private Partnerships for Small Islands (P3a) conference
Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, Aruba, 22 - 24 March 2016

The Business of Development – Confederation of Danish Industry
​Speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, delivered at the session "17 Global Goals - a wealth of opportunity", Copenhagen, 18 March 2016

Learn from the past to manage Syria refugee crisis in a smart way
Op-ed by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, as seen in the Huffington Post, 2 February 2016​

Let's Prepare for a Future of Natural Disasters
Op-ed by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, as seen in the Huffington Post, 19 December 2015

International Conference on European Development Aid Post-2015
Opening speech by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, Luxembourg, 20 October 2015

Third International Conference on Financing for Development
Remarks by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, Addis Ababa, 16 July 2015​

The Healthy Turn From Aid to Investment​
Op-ed by Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS, as seen in The Wall Street Journal, 13 July 2015​​