Statement by the Secretary-General on the Death of Oscar Niemeyer
New York, 6 December 2012
I was saddened to learn of the death of Oscar Niemeyer, a towering figure and one of the original architects of United Nations Headquarters in
Mr. Niemeyer’s career was exceptionally long and illustrious, but what made him an outstanding architect was not just his stamina and talent.
He imbued his work with a powerful sense of humanism and global engagement.
I recall my sense of wonder when visiting some of his modernist masterworks in Brasilia, which have been recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
His work in designing United Nations Headquarters stands as his legacy to the world. As United Nations staff in New York move back to our newly renovated complex from temporary quarters, we marvel anew at his vision in creating a beautiful and inspiring home from which to carry out our work of service for all humankind.
I offer sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Niemeyer and to the Government and people of Brazil.
Statements on 6 December 2012
- New York, 6 December 2012 - Secretary-General's Remarks to IPU Annual Parliamentary Hearing [Delivered by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, with his personal comments]
- New York, 6 December 2012 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines
- Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 6 December 2012 - Message du Secrétaire général au 35eme Réunion Ministérielle du Comitérielle du Comité Consultatif Permanent Chargé des Questions de Sécurité en Afrique Centrale [Lu par son représentant: Monsieur Abou Moussa, Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef du Bureau régional des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique centrale]
- Baghdad, Iraq, 6 December 2012 - Secretary-General's remarks to Meeting with Heads of Political Blocs [as prepared for delivery]