Welcome to the United Nations. It's your world.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Selected Speeches (2006 – 2011)

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Today, I would like to share with you my perspective on the way ahead. As I see it, we have five imperatives ... five generational opportunities to shape the world of tomorrow by the decisions we make today.

Address to the General Assembly, 21 September 2011

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We have to crisis proof our agenda, especially in the area of development. In particular we cannot allow the financial crisis to turn into a prolonged human crisis. That is why the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by the target of 2015, has become even more pressing.

Address to students and faculty at Harvard University, 21 October 2008

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Nature will not wait while we negotiate ...The time for waiting, while keeping one eye on everyone else, is over. The world - particularly the poor and vulnerable - cannot afford the luxury of waiting for the perfect agreement.

Address to the UN climate change conference, Cancun, 7 December 2010

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Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back... Unite to change the practices and attitudes that incite, perpetrate and condone this violence.

Remarks on the Unite Network of Men Leaders To End Violence Against Women, 24 November 2009

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Unity of purpose is ... the foundation of Africa's partnership with the United Nations, as we take on the broad range of challenges we share.

Address to the African Union Summit, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29 January 2007

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Loyalty, discretion, conscience -- these, together with the Charter, will be my watchwords as I carry out my duties as Secretary-General.

Address to General Assembly after taking oath of office, 14 December 2006

Opening remarks at press conference, Tripoli (Libya)

The new Libya aspires to be a nation free from fear, free from injustice and free from the oppression of the past. The United Nations will be your partner in turning those hopes to reality.

Tripoli (Libya), 2 November 2011

Remarks at the grave of Dag Hammarskjöld to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death

Dag Hammarskjöld ...defined the role of UN Secretary-General and set a standard for the rest of us to aspire to.

Uppsala (Sweden), 12 October 2011

Address to the 66th General Assembly: "We the Peoples"

We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

General Assembly, 21 September 2011

Opening remarks at press encounter following his election for a second term by the General Assembly

Seldom has the United Nations been more relevant; never has it been more necessary.

UN Headquarters, 21 June 2011

Remarks to the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

We can stop AIDS. We can end the fear. We can stop the suffering...

General Assembly, 8 June 2011

Address to the Sofia Platform

Today, we are moving decisively towards a new age of sovereignty as responsibility an era where those who commit crimes against humanity and violate the human rights of their people will be held accountable.

Sofia (Bulgaria), 6 May 2011

Remarks at Summit on the Safe and Innovative Use of Nuclear Energy

By joining forces, we can make sure that the tragedies of Chernobyl and Fukushima are a thing of the past, not a harbinger of the future.

Kiev (Ukraine), 19 April 2011

Remarks to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents: "Empowering Women to Change the World"

Inequality and discrimination do not only occur in someone else's country or culture. Women and girls experience them everywhere. All the time.

Philadelphia (USA), 4 April 2011

Remarks to Meeting of Civil Society Groups

No change, great or small, comes without demand -- the voice of the people speaking as one. Your demand for freedom, dignity and social justice has echoed throughout the world.

Tunis (Tunisia), 22 March 2011

Cyril Foster Lecture at Oxford University: "Human Protection and the 21st Century United Nations"

The task of human protection is neither simple nor easy. We don't always succeed. But we must keep trying to make a difference. That is our individual and collective responsibility.

Oxford (UK), 2 February 2011

Remarks to the World Economic Forum Session on Redefining Sustainable Development

We need a revolution. Revolutionary thinking. Revolutionary action. A free market revolution for global sustainability.

Davos (Switzerland), 28 January 2011

Remarks to the Conference on Disarmament

I call on you to put aside your differences. Let us serve the global interest. Let us build a safer world.

Geneva (Switzerland), 26 January 2011

Remarks to the General Assembly on Côte d'Ivoire: "Standing for Democracy"

Any attempt to starve the UN mission into submission will not be tolerated. Any attack on the United Nations and its staff must be considered an attack on the international community.

General Assembly, 21 December 2010

Remarks at Central Party School Roundtable on Global Governance and Harmonious Society

I believe the UN Charter resonates almost perfectly with the concept of a "harmonious world" - a vision of peoples and nations united in addressing global challenges and striving for collective security and peace.

Beijing (China), 3 November 2010

Address to the European Parliament

Country after country, leader after leader, is coming to recognize that the best way to address our challenges is by taking them on together, with the United Nations and all the members of the European Union.

Strasbourg (France), 19 October 2010

Remarks to the Ministerial Meeting on Security Council Resolution 1325: A Call to Action

We must put women at the front and centre of peace processes -- in negotiation and mediation, post-conflict governance and reconstruction.

Security Council, 25 September 2010

Address to the 65th General Assembly: "Pulling Together in Testing Times: Securing a Better Future for All"

The great goals are within reach. We can achieve them by looking forward, pulling together, uniting our strength as a community of nations in the name of the larger good.

General Assembly, 23 September 2010

Remarks at launch of the Global Strategy for Women's And Children's Health - "Every Woman, Every Child"

Today, with the launch of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, we have an opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people.

UN Headquarters, 22 September 2010

Remarks to MDG Summit event: "1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future: Partnering to Reduce Child Under-Nutrition"

Today, we focus on two important new initiatives. The SUN Road Map for Scaling Up Nutrition, and the Thousand Day Movement, which will increase political attention to this essential element of the food security equation. I strongly support both initiatives.

UN Headquarters, 21 September 2010

Remarks to High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals

None of us should be able to rest easy knowing the fear and despair that pervade the human family. Let us make this investment in a better future for all. There is no global project more worthwhile.

General Assembly, 20 September 2010

Remarks at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Together, we are on a journey from ground zero to Global Zero -- a world free of weapons of mass destruction...For as long as nuclear weapons exist, we will live under a nuclear shadow.

Hiroshima (Japan), 6 August 2010

Address to Global Compact Leaders Summit

...Today, the business community is coming to understand that principles and profits are two sides of the same coin.

New York (USA), 24 June 2010

Remarks to the Republic of Cameroon National Assembly

Africas people need neither pity nor charity. They need only the tools to create jobs and generate incomes.

Yaounde (Cameroon), 10 June 2010

Remarks to 'Women Deliver' Conference

Gender inequality is a danger to womens health. The United Nations is working to end it.

Washington, D.C. (USA), 7 June 2010

Address to the Review Conference on the International Criminal Court: "An Age of Accountability"

The old era of impunity is over. In its place, slowly but surely, we are witnessing the birth of a new Age of Accountability.

Kampala (Uganda), 31 May 2010

Opening remarks at press encounter following address to Parliament of the Republic of Malawi

...It is unfortunate that laws that criminalize people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender entity still exist in some countries. Penal codes criminalizing homosexuality should be reformed.

Lilongwe (Malawi), 29 May 2010

Remarks to the Third Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations

Wherever I go, I have found a growing realization that we are in this together.

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 28 May 2010

Remarks to the International Conference For a Nuclear- Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World

We know that nuclear disarmament is not a distant, unattainable dream. It is an urgent necessity, here and now. We are determined to achieve it.

New York (USA), 1 May 2010

Remarks to the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament of Kyrgyzstan)

For the UN, the protection of human rights is a bedrock principle if a country is to prosper.

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), 3 April 2010

Remarks to the Memorial Ceremony in Honour of Those Killed in the Haiti Earthquake

Earthquakes are a force of nature, but people move the world. Today, our hearts are heavy with a burden almost too difficult to bear. Yet perhaps like you, it is gratitude that I feel most of all.

UN Headquarters, 9 March 2010

Remarks on the Unite Network of Men Leaders To End Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls will not be eradicated until all of us - men and boys - refuse to tolerate it.

UN Headquarters, 24 November 2009

Remarks to the Third Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development

We are here to ensure that migration and development policies are founded on evidence, not fuelled by prejudice.

Athens (Greece), 4 November 2009

Address to the 64th General Assembly: "Now Is Our Time"

So much is possible if we work together. Together, we are here to take risks, to assume the burden of responsibility, to rise to an exceptional moment, to make history.

General Assembly, 23 September 2009

Remarks at 39th Plenary Assembly of the World Federation of United Nations Associations

I know, in my deepest heart, that there is such a thing as the global common good, and that the truest measure of our humanity is our willingness to sacrifice and to help one another.

Seoul (Republic of Korea), 10 August 2009

Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change carries no passport. And no country is immune.

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), 27 July 2009

Remarks on Myanmar to Diplomatic Missions, UN Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations

The region and the world are changing fast. Myanmar only stands to gain from engagement -- and from embarking on its own change.

Yangon (Myanmar), 4 July 2009

Unite to End Violence Against Women

Violence against women cannot be tolerated in any form in any context in any circumstance by any political leader or by any government. The time to change is now.

UN Headquarters, 5 March 2009

Remarks at Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, Park East Synagogue

As we remember the victims of the Holocaust, let us reaffirm our faith in the dignity of humankind and our extraordinary resilience - our moral strength - even amid history's darkest chapters.

New York (USA), 24 January 2009

Remarks to the press in Gaza at the site of the bombed out UNRWA warehouse

I have come to Gaza to see for myself the extent of the damage caused by the last three weeks of fighting and to demonstrate my solidarity to the population of Gaza...

Gaza, 20 January 2009

Remarks at the G20 Financial Summit

My greatest concern is that today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human crisis.

Washington, D.C. (USA), 14 November 2008

Address to the East-West Institute: "The United Nations and Security in a Nuclear-Weapon-Free world"

Some doubt that the problem of WMD terrorism can ever be solved. But if there is real, verified progress in disarmament, the ability to eliminate this threat will grow exponentially.

New York (USA), 24 October 2008

Address to the 63rd session of the General Assembly: "A Call to Global Leadership"

We need a new understanding on business ethics and governance, with more compassion and less uncritical faith in the 'magic' of markets.

General Assembly, 23 September 2008

Statement to UN symposium on supporting victims of terrorism

By giving a human face to the painful consequences of terrorism, you help build a global culture against it.

UN Headquarters, 9 September 2008

Address at event on "Responsible Sovereignty: International Cooperation for a Changed World"

We need to strengthen the capacities of States to resist taking the path to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

Berlin (Germany), 15 July 2008

Keynote address to Global Insight Summit opening ceremony

You in the world of entertainment and new media have a unique power to connect the UN and people in every corner of the world. I can shout until I'm hoarse or I can ask for a microphone. You have the microphone.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (USA), 6 June 2008

Remarks to the Opening of the Seventh Session of the Human Rights Council

No country, however powerful, should escape scrutiny of its record, commitments and actions on human rights.

Geneva (Switzerland), 3 March 2008

Remarks to the Economic Club of Chicago

The United Nations and the United States share the same goals and objectives: peace and security, development, and human rights.

Chicago (USA), 7 February 2008

Remarks to the press at the Rwanda Genocide Memorial

...The 1994 genocide has led to a significant rethinking of how the United Nations operates -- in peacekeeping, in conflict prevention and in how we protect innocent people from such atrocities.

Kigali (Rwanda), 29 January 2008

Address to the Asia Society Annual Gala

Asia does not do itself justice. As an Asian Secretary-General I hope to see this change. I hope to see an Asia that is both better integrated and more internationally engaged.

New York (USA), 6 November 2007

Address to the 62nd General Assembly: "A Stronger UN for a Better World"

The Human Rights Council must live up to its responsibilities as the torchbearer for human rights consistently and equitably around the world.

General Assembly, 25 September 2007

Address to the United Nations Association in Sudan

As Secretary-General, I would like to look only for results. Tangible action, solutions you can see and touch, measurable progress. After all, who can eat or drink only words?

Khartoum (Sudan), 3 September 2007

Remarks at Event: "Climate change: The Defining Challenge"

The need of this hour is to change the climate on climate change...The science is clear, and the time to act was yesterday.

Washington, D.C. (USA), 16 July 2007

Address on the 50th Anniversary of the Korea Society

A peaceful and nuclear-free Peninsula will serve as a bridge connecting the whole region, with free trade and movement of people. Let us work together towards this bright future.

New York (USA), 15 May 2007

Remarks at the informal General Assembly debate on gender equality and the empowerment of women

Achieving gender equality and empowering women is a goal in itself. It is also a condition for building healthier, better educated more peaceful and more prosperous societies.

General Assembly, 6 March 2007

Remarks to the General Assembly on Restructuring the Secretariat

How we strengthen the ability of the Secretariat to support peacekeeping is something in which we all have a stake. It is also a matter of life and death to millions of people who depend on us.

General Assembly, 5 February 2007

Address to the African Union Summit

Unity of purpose is also the foundation of Africa's partnership with the United Nations, as we take on the broad range of challenges we share.

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29 January 2007

Address on Taking the Oath of Office in the General Assembly

Loyalty, discretion, conscience -- these, together with the Charter, will be my watchwords as I carry out my duties as Secretary-General.

General Assembly, 14 December 2006

Opening remarks at press conference, Tripoli (Libya)

The new Libya aspires to be a nation free from fear, free from injustice and free from the oppression of the past. The United Nations will be your partner in turning those hopes to reality.

Tripoli (Libya), 2 November 2011

Remarks at the grave of Dag Hammarskjöld to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death

Dag Hammarskjöld ...defined the role of UN Secretary-General and set a standard for the rest of us to aspire to.

Uppsala (Sweden), 12 October 2011

Address to the 66th General Assembly: "We the Peoples"

We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

General Assembly, 21 September 2011

Opening remarks at press encounter following his election for a second term by the General Assembly

Seldom has the United Nations been more relevant; never has it been more necessary.

UN Headquarters, 21 June 2011

Remarks to the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

We can stop AIDS. We can end the fear. We can stop the suffering...

General Assembly, 8 June 2011

Address to the Sofia Platform

Today, we are moving decisively towards a new age of sovereignty as responsibility an era where those who commit crimes against humanity and violate the human rights of their people will be held accountable.

Sofia (Bulgaria), 6 May 2011

Remarks at Summit on the Safe and Innovative Use of Nuclear Energy

By joining forces, we can make sure that the tragedies of Chernobyl and Fukushima are a thing of the past, not a harbinger of the future.

Kiev (Ukraine), 19 April 2011

Remarks to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents: "Empowering Women to Change the World"

Inequality and discrimination do not only occur in someone else's country or culture. Women and girls experience them everywhere. All the time.

Philadelphia (USA), 4 April 2011

Remarks to Meeting of Civil Society Groups

No change, great or small, comes without demand -- the voice of the people speaking as one. Your demand for freedom, dignity and social justice has echoed throughout the world.

Tunis (Tunisia), 22 March 2011

Cyril Foster Lecture at Oxford University: "Human Protection and the 21st Century United Nations"

The task of human protection is neither simple nor easy. We don't always succeed. But we must keep trying to make a difference. That is our individual and collective responsibility.

Oxford (UK), 2 February 2011

Remarks to the World Economic Forum Session on Redefining Sustainable Development

We need a revolution. Revolutionary thinking. Revolutionary action. A free market revolution for global sustainability.

Davos (Switzerland), 28 January 2011

Remarks to the Conference on Disarmament

I call on you to put aside your differences. Let us serve the global interest. Let us build a safer world.

Geneva (Switzerland), 26 January 2011

Remarks to the General Assembly on Côte d'Ivoire: "Standing for Democracy"

Any attempt to starve the UN mission into submission will not be tolerated. Any attack on the United Nations and its staff must be considered an attack on the international community.

General Assembly, 21 December 2010

Remarks at Central Party School Roundtable on Global Governance and Harmonious Society

I believe the UN Charter resonates almost perfectly with the concept of a "harmonious world" - a vision of peoples and nations united in addressing global challenges and striving for collective security and peace.

Beijing (China), 3 November 2010

Address to the European Parliament

Country after country, leader after leader, is coming to recognize that the best way to address our challenges is by taking them on together, with the United Nations and all the members of the European Union.

Strasbourg (France), 19 October 2010

Remarks to the Ministerial Meeting on Security Council Resolution 1325: A Call to Action

We must put women at the front and centre of peace processes -- in negotiation and mediation, post-conflict governance and reconstruction.

Security Council, 25 September 2010

Address to the 65th General Assembly: "Pulling Together in Testing Times: Securing a Better Future for All"

The great goals are within reach. We can achieve them by looking forward, pulling together, uniting our strength as a community of nations in the name of the larger good.

General Assembly, 23 September 2010

Remarks at launch of the Global Strategy for Women's And Children's Health - "Every Woman, Every Child"

Today, with the launch of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, we have an opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people.

UN Headquarters, 22 September 2010

Remarks to MDG Summit event: "1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future: Partnering to Reduce Child Under-Nutrition"

Today, we focus on two important new initiatives. The SUN Road Map for Scaling Up Nutrition, and the Thousand Day Movement, which will increase political attention to this essential element of the food security equation. I strongly support both initiatives.

UN Headquarters, 21 September 2010

Remarks to High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals

None of us should be able to rest easy knowing the fear and despair that pervade the human family. Let us make this investment in a better future for all. There is no global project more worthwhile.

General Assembly, 20 September 2010

Remarks at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Together, we are on a journey from ground zero to Global Zero -- a world free of weapons of mass destruction...For as long as nuclear weapons exist, we will live under a nuclear shadow.

Hiroshima (Japan), 6 August 2010

Address to Global Compact Leaders Summit

...Today, the business community is coming to understand that principles and profits are two sides of the same coin.

New York (USA), 24 June 2010

Remarks to the Republic of Cameroon National Assembly

Africas people need neither pity nor charity. They need only the tools to create jobs and generate incomes.

Yaounde (Cameroon), 10 June 2010

Remarks to 'Women Deliver' Conference

Gender inequality is a danger to womens health. The United Nations is working to end it.

Washington, D.C. (USA), 7 June 2010

Address to the Review Conference on the International Criminal Court: "An Age of Accountability"

The old era of impunity is over. In its place, slowly but surely, we are witnessing the birth of a new Age of Accountability.

Kampala (Uganda), 31 May 2010

Opening remarks at press encounter following address to Parliament of the Republic of Malawi

...It is unfortunate that laws that criminalize people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender entity still exist in some countries. Penal codes criminalizing homosexuality should be reformed.

Lilongwe (Malawi), 29 May 2010

Remarks to the Third Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations

Wherever I go, I have found a growing realization that we are in this together.

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 28 May 2010

Remarks to the International Conference For a Nuclear- Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World

We know that nuclear disarmament is not a distant, unattainable dream. It is an urgent necessity, here and now. We are determined to achieve it.

New York (USA), 1 May 2010

Remarks to the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament of Kyrgyzstan)

For the UN, the protection of human rights is a bedrock principle if a country is to prosper.

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), 3 April 2010

Remarks to the Memorial Ceremony in Honour of Those Killed in the Haiti Earthquake

Earthquakes are a force of nature, but people move the world. Today, our hearts are heavy with a burden almost too difficult to bear. Yet perhaps like you, it is gratitude that I feel most of all.

UN Headquarters, 9 March 2010

Remarks on the Unite Network of Men Leaders To End Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls will not be eradicated until all of us - men and boys - refuse to tolerate it.

UN Headquarters, 24 November 2009

Remarks to the Third Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development

We are here to ensure that migration and development policies are founded on evidence, not fuelled by prejudice.

Athens (Greece), 4 November 2009

Address to the 64th General Assembly: "Now Is Our Time"

So much is possible if we work together. Together, we are here to take risks, to assume the burden of responsibility, to rise to an exceptional moment, to make history.

General Assembly, 23 September 2009

Remarks at 39th Plenary Assembly of the World Federation of United Nations Associations

I know, in my deepest heart, that there is such a thing as the global common good, and that the truest measure of our humanity is our willingness to sacrifice and to help one another.

Seoul (Republic of Korea), 10 August 2009

Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change carries no passport. And no country is immune.

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), 27 July 2009

Remarks on Myanmar to Diplomatic Missions, UN Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations

The region and the world are changing fast. Myanmar only stands to gain from engagement -- and from embarking on its own change.

Yangon (Myanmar), 4 July 2009

Unite to End Violence Against Women

Violence against women cannot be tolerated in any form in any context in any circumstance by any political leader or by any government. The time to change is now.

UN Headquarters, 5 March 2009

Remarks at Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, Park East Synagogue

As we remember the victims of the Holocaust, let us reaffirm our faith in the dignity of humankind and our extraordinary resilience - our moral strength - even amid history's darkest chapters.

New York (USA), 24 January 2009

Remarks to the press in Gaza at the site of the bombed out UNRWA warehouse

I have come to Gaza to see for myself the extent of the damage caused by the last three weeks of fighting and to demonstrate my solidarity to the population of Gaza...

Gaza, 20 January 2009

Remarks at the G20 Financial Summit

My greatest concern is that today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human crisis.

Washington, D.C. (USA), 14 November 2008

Address to the East-West Institute: "The United Nations and Security in a Nuclear-Weapon-Free world"

Some doubt that the problem of WMD terrorism can ever be solved. But if there is real, verified progress in disarmament, the ability to eliminate this threat will grow exponentially.

New York (USA), 24 October 2008

Address to the 63rd session of the General Assembly: "A Call to Global Leadership"

We need a new understanding on business ethics and governance, with more compassion and less uncritical faith in the 'magic' of markets.

General Assembly, 23 September 2008

Statement to UN symposium on supporting victims of terrorism

By giving a human face to the painful consequences of terrorism, you help build a global culture against it.

UN Headquarters, 9 September 2008

Address at event on "Responsible Sovereignty: International Cooperation for a Changed World"

We need to strengthen the capacities of States to resist taking the path to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

Berlin (Germany), 15 July 2008

Keynote address to Global Insight Summit opening ceremony

You in the world of entertainment and new media have a unique power to connect the UN and people in every corner of the world. I can shout until I'm hoarse or I can ask for a microphone. You have the microphone.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (USA), 6 June 2008

Remarks to the Opening of the Seventh Session of the Human Rights Council

No country, however powerful, should escape scrutiny of its record, commitments and actions on human rights.

Geneva (Switzerland), 3 March 2008

Remarks to the Economic Club of Chicago

The United Nations and the United States share the same goals and objectives: peace and security, development, and human rights.

Chicago (USA), 7 February 2008

Remarks to the press at the Rwanda Genocide Memorial

...The 1994 genocide has led to a significant rethinking of how the United Nations operates -- in peacekeeping, in conflict prevention and in how we protect innocent people from such atrocities.

Kigali (Rwanda), 29 January 2008

Address to the Asia Society Annual Gala

Asia does not do itself justice. As an Asian Secretary-General I hope to see this change. I hope to see an Asia that is both better integrated and more internationally engaged.

New York (USA), 6 November 2007

Address to the 62nd General Assembly: "A Stronger UN for a Better World"

The Human Rights Council must live up to its responsibilities as the torchbearer for human rights consistently and equitably around the world.

General Assembly, 25 September 2007

Address to the United Nations Association in Sudan

As Secretary-General, I would like to look only for results. Tangible action, solutions you can see and touch, measurable progress. After all, who can eat or drink only words?

Khartoum (Sudan), 3 September 2007

Remarks at Event: "Climate change: The Defining Challenge"

The need of this hour is to change the climate on climate change...The science is clear, and the time to act was yesterday.

Washington, D.C. (USA), 16 July 2007

Address on the 50th Anniversary of the Korea Society

A peaceful and nuclear-free Peninsula will serve as a bridge connecting the whole region, with free trade and movement of people. Let us work together towards this bright future.

New York (USA), 15 May 2007

Remarks at the informal General Assembly debate on gender equality and the empowerment of women

Achieving gender equality and empowering women is a goal in itself. It is also a condition for building healthier, better educated more peaceful and more prosperous societies.

General Assembly, 6 March 2007

Remarks to the General Assembly on Restructuring the Secretariat

How we strengthen the ability of the Secretariat to support peacekeeping is something in which we all have a stake. It is also a matter of life and death to millions of people who depend on us.

General Assembly, 5 February 2007

Address to the African Union Summit

Unity of purpose is also the foundation of Africa's partnership with the United Nations, as we take on the broad range of challenges we share.

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29 January 2007

Address on Taking the Oath of Office in the General Assembly

Loyalty, discretion, conscience -- these, together with the Charter, will be my watchwords as I carry out my duties as Secretary-General.

General Assembly, 14 December 2006

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