Belgium

15 June 2016, Brussels

Remarks to the Sustainable Energy For All Advisory Board

I am honoured to be with you again, and I thank you for your commitment and leadership.

I also thank our generous hosts, the European Commission, represented today by the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, His Excellency Mr. Neven Mimica.

It has been half a decade since we launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

We have already achieved a lot and built a solid foundation to achieve our objective.

Now we have 15 years to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy.

15 June 2016, Brussels

Remarks at Asia Society Dialogue event

I thank Their Majesties for hosting us and for being such strong supporters of the United Nations. I thank you both for the decoration you have just bestowed on me.

Queen Mathilde, we are honoured to have you on board as an Advocate for the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals. Thank you for agreeing to add your voice to keep this shared vision in focus and help ensure that no one is left behind.

15 June 2016, Brussels

Remarks at European Development Days Forum

I am pleased to join you today.

For 10 years, the European Development Days have fostered partnership and innovation for a better future for some of the world’s most vulnerable people and nations.

The global partnership for development was integral to the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals.

The result was unprecedented gains in health, prosperity, education and empowerment.

The MDGs made their mark on the world. But we know there is still much more to do.

14 June 2016, Brussels

Opening remarks to press with the President of the European Commission

Goede namiddag, dames en heren,
Bonjour, mesdames et messieurs,
(Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,)

President Juncker and I have had a wide-ranging and fruitful discussion.

I thanked him for the cooperation, commitment and support that the European Union continues to provide to the United Nations and our joint efforts.

The challenges that the EU and the international community face today require strong partnerships.

On 22 March, we grieved with Brussels as this vibrant and diverse city experienced horrific violence.

28 May 2015, Brussels

Remarks at press stakeout with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank the Prime Minister[, Charles Michel] and also the Belgian Government for their strong contributions that they have been making to the United Nations. Belgium is a supporter of our efforts to promote peace in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We appreciate deeply the contribution the Belgian Government has been making to the peacebuilding process. We also discussed the situations in Yemen, Libya, Syria and Burundi. In all these situations, we count heavily on the strong support of the Government of Belgium.

28 May 2015, Leuven

Remarks upon receiving honorary degree from Catholic University of Leuven

Bonjour. Hallo.

It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be with you today. Thank you for your hospitality.

It is a great honor to be visiting Leuven.

I am especially privileged to receive an honorary degree from this renowned University, a university with centuries of history that occupies an important place in the cultural and intellectual life of Belgium, Europe and the world.

27 May 2015, Brussels

Opening remarks at the joint press conference with the President of the European Commission

Thank you very much, Mr. President,

It’s a great honour and pleasure to visit the European Union with the new leadership installed.

We have a very good and extensive exchange of views on matters of our common concern.

Last night, I also attended a dinner consultation with all 28 foreign or development ministers of the European Union to discuss matters of our concern, including migration and sustainable development.

In a short while, I will have the honour of addressing the European Parliament.

27 May 2015, Brussels

Remarks at "Our World, Our Dignity, Our Planet: the Post-2015 Agenda and the Role of Youth"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed "Our World, Our Dignity, Our Planet: the Post-2015 Agenda and the Role of Youth" event in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: UNSG

I am very glad to be here with you today. Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Yesterday, I spent the morning with the young people of Ireland. Today, I am with you in this beautiful Palais des Beaux Arts -- and I am seeing again the great power of the world’s youth.

Thank you to the European Commission for making this event possible.

We have been brought together today because this is a crucial time for people and our planet.

27 May 2015, Brussels

Remarks to the European Parliament

I am honoured to address the representatives of the people of Europe.

I congratulate President Schulz for receiving the prestigious Charlemagne Prize this month for his work to promote democracy and to bring the European Parliament closer to the people it serves.

This parliament represents a wide diversity of cultures and traditions bound by a common belief that that we are stronger and better when we work together.

You play an important role across every aspect of the United Nations agenda.