France

26 August 2015, Paris

Opening remarks at a joint press stakeout with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France and Minister of State for the Environment of Peru, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be in France once again.

I have had very productive meetings with President Hollande and Foreign Minister Fabius. We discussed our shared efforts to promote peace and stability in Ukraine, Mali, the Central African Republic, across the Middle East and elsewhere.

We also took stock of climate change negotiations as we edge closer to the crucially important conference that Paris will host in less than 100 days.

26 August 2015, Paris

Remarks to annual meeting of French Ambassadors

Following his speech at the annual meeting of the Conference of French Ambassadors in Paris, Secretary-General Ban receives a standing ovation. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Good morning. It is a great honour for me to address so many ambassadors of France. I am delighted that His Excellency Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, has been able to join us at this important time.

There is a certain perception among foreigners about French people.

You love arts, music, food, wine – and holidays.

In New York, I looked for Ambassador Delattre. He was not there.

I thought he must be enjoying his summer holidays.

Now that I am joining you for this “Semaine des ambassadeurs”, I realize that I have to change my perception of French people.

23 June 2015, Strasbourg

Remarks to the press at joint stakeout with Anne Brasseur, President of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe

In Strasbourg, France, Secretary-General Ban addresses the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Mesdames et Messieurs de media,

Je suis heureux d’être de retour à Strasbourg, au Conseil de l’Europe.

Mme Brasseur et moi-même venons d’avoir des échanges très productifs sur diverses questions.

Nous avons parlé, en particulier, de l’importance que revêt pour la démocratie une société civile robuste et diverse.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

23 June 2015, Strasbourg

Address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Il y a près d’un demi-siècle, U Thant, alors Secrétaire général de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, a pris la parole devant cette assemblée et fait une prédiction.

Le Conseil de l’Europe allait montrer que l’Europe, appelée autrefois l’ancien monde, pouvait jouer un rôle moteur dans le nouveau monde.

Aujourd’hui, l’Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe est un des mécanismes régionaux de défense des droits de l’homme les plus efficaces du monde.

30 April 2015, Paris

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.

29 April 2015, Paris

Address at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris: "The United Nations at 70: New Global Challenges: A Conversation with Ban Ki-moon"

Thank you, Professeur Frederic Mion, Director of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.

Mr. Ghassan Salamé, It’s a great pleasure to see you again. He has served a senior official of the United Nations and now you are contributing greatly to the future of our world. Merci.

Mesdames et messieurs, bonjour. Je suis très heureux d’être ici parmi vous.

Merci de votre accueil très chaleureux. Malheureusement aujourd’hui je devrais parler tout en anglais.

28 April 2015, Paris

Remarks at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Merci de votre accueil chaleureux.

Je suis très honoré d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui, pour la première fois en qualité de Secrétaire général de l’ONU.

Before I begin, I would like to express my condolences to the people and Government of Nepal.

The death toll from the recent earthquake is rising and tens thousands have been made homeless.

We are all shocked by the terrible images of destruction.

Humanitarian needs are huge and urgent.