Ban Ki-moon's speeches

Opening remarks at press conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei Darussalam), 10 October 2013

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

Before I say a few remarks let me just say what had happened in Libya. I was shocked to hear that the Prime Minister of Libya, Mr. Ali Zeidan, was abducted this morning. I condemn this abduction in the strongest possible terms. I sincerely hope that this report coming from Libya that he had been released would be true. But it is not yet confirmed. I have just spoken to my Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya, Mr. Tarek Mitri, and we discussed about this matter. He is working very hard in close consultation with the Libyan Government and all key partners to ensure his safe release and also to make sure that the political transition of Libya will be continued as scheduled.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me just say about the UN and ASEAN partnership.

I am pleased to be in Brunei for the fifth UN-ASEAN Summit meeting.

I commend Brunei and His Majesty Sultan Bolkiah for ably convening this Summit meeting and for his hospitality.

Brunei Darussalam has played an important role in strengthening the relationship between ASEAN and the United Nations during this year.

We have just reviewed the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between the United Nations and ASEAN which was adopted two years ago in Bali, Indonesia.
Our collaboration covers a wide span – from disaster management to addressing climate change; from human rights to conflict prevention; from social welfare and HIV/AIDS to culture and education.

I look forward to our continued partnership, based on producing tangible results for the people of Southeast Asia.

ASEAN is at the threshold of an exciting new era as it moves towards the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

2015 is also a major year for the United Nations for three reasons.

First, it marks the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations is accelerating together with the Member States to realize the Millennium Development Goals.

And second, 2015 is when we must finalize an ambitious legal climate change agreement. The Member States have agreed in Durban in 2011 that they would agree to a legally binding climate change agreement by 2015, and allow five more years for ratification so that by 2020 the international community would have a legal document on climate change.

Thirdly, we have to define a bold and ambitious but practical sustainable development – that means post-2015 development - agenda.

I count on the contribution of ASEAN countries towards all these objectives.

Just over 800 days remain to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Southeast Asia has shown considerable progress, but gaps remain within and among countries.

We need to harness the region’s dynamism to set new standards for equitable growth and sustainable development.

The United Nations is proud to work with ASEAN countries to this end, and we look forward to furthering our partnership with Myanmar as the Chair of ASEAN 2014 and Malaysia in 2015.

Thank you for your attention. I will now be glad to answer a few questions.