Paris, France

30 April 2015

Secretary-General's remarks at International Jazz Day Concert

Thank you so much, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

I am grateful to UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for consistently supporting the United Nations.

I especially appreciate all the performers who brought their talents here tonight.

This concert is a mini-United Nations with musicians from around the world.

They speak the same language.

The language of jazz.

What a great spirit. It really inspires me.

Sometimes, when I hit a very tough wall, I listen to jazz.

When you hear jazz, you learn the secret to solving any problem: you just have to improvise.

Jazz is spontaneous – but it also takes cooperation.

That is why I agree with Herbie Hancock when he said jazz is about working together and respecting each other.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is wonderful to be in Paris in April.

As the song goes, “I never knew my heart could sing…’till April in Paris.”

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Profitons de cette belle soirée, et renouvelons notre engagement de promouvoir la paix et la culture partout dans le monde.