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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Off-the-Cuff

Secretary-General's Press Encounter at the beginning of his meeting with H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation

Sochi, Russian Federation, 17 May 2013

It is a great honour for me to visit this place - the first time for me to visit Sochi. While I was coming here I was so impressed by this magnificent city. I sincerely hope that while you are receiving many world leaders, this wonderful setting will inspire many discussions in advancing world peace and security, and sustainable development for all.

I last met you briefly at the G20 summit. I am counting on your continuing leadership and I am sure, I am confident that through your leadership the United Nations and the world at large will benefit al ot.

While there are many things we expect from your leadership, there are three things that I expectfirs: t the forthcoming Saint Petersberg G20 summit, the Winter Olympics in Sochi, another is the G8 presidency of the Russian Federation. I am very much encouraged that during the G20 Summit meeting in Saint Petersberg you are going to discuss, along with other issues, particularly sustainable development and inclusive economic growth and financial stability. I'm sure that the G20 leaders will make great contributions on this.

As Secretary-General if I may ask you whether the G20 leaders will focus on accelerating the Millennium Development Goals and also try to give us some political direction on sustainable development goals for humanity, particularly have a good message for the vulnerable people. I really hope the G20 declaration or joint communique will include some strong commitment on these important issues. Also I welcome the selection of exploring the positive impact of global anti-corruption policies on growth as one of the main themes of the G20. I thank your hosting this UN Convention against Corruption in 2015.

Mr. Yuri Fedotov of UNODC is showing great leadership and commitment and you should be very proud of him.

Sochi Olympics has great strength in contributing to peace and development. I hope your Government will soon work with the United Nations General Assembly to pass this Olympic Truce resolution. I am also very much grateful to you for your focus and convening and hosting the Paralympics for the benfits and rights of people living with disabilities. This is a great message. Personally as a Korean I hope Sochi Olympics is a success and your wisdom will give Pyeongchang Olympics success next time.

Mr. President, with your Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this morning and afternoon I had extensive meetings
dealing with critical issues like Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Middle East peace process, Korean Peninsula and all other issues.


Off-the-Cuff on 17 May 2013