03 July 2017, Tehran, Iran

Secretary General’s video message to the Tehran Conference on Sand and Dust Storms

By 2050, our planet must provide food, shelter and jobs for 10 billion people.
The land available to support this is as finite as it is fragile.
Yet, every year, our choices waste millions of hectares, cost trillions and generate a growing number of sand and dust storms.
They contribute to climate change, poverty and pollution – and threaten our security and our health.
The consequences have no respect for borders.

13 August 2016, Iran

A call to empower youth

The 2016 Olympics have already shattered records, but even before the first competition began, these Games made history by giving athletes who have no country to call home a place on the starting line.

31 August 2012, Tehran

Opening remarks at press conference at Mehrabad Airport prior to departure from Teheran

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As my visit draws to a close, I want to thank the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their warmth and hospitality.

I came to Tehran to take part in the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which provided world leaders an opportunity to come together and address pressing global issues. It also gave me a chance to raise my own views.

I also came to Iran to engage in a dialogue and frank exchange with the Iranian leadership.

30 August 2012, Tehran

Remarks at the School of International Relations

It is a great pleasure for me to have this opportunity of addressing a very distinguished group of professors and particularly young people.

I thought that most of the audience would be young people. I now realise that this is a mixture of distinct scholars.

As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have been addressing many different groups of people. Do you know who would be the most difficult group of people to speak to? These are the group of professors. What can I say to the professors who are teaching? I was taught and educated by professors.

30 August 2012, Tehran

Remarks to the High-Level Segment of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. UN Photo/E. Schneider

I thank our hosts for organizing this important Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement and I would like to pay tribute to Egypt as the outgoing chair of the last three years.

I am grateful for the hospitality of the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The recent earthquake saddened us all. The United Nations stands ready to assist in any way.

Last month, I visited the Brijuni Islands in Croatia in what was once Yugoslavia. Gamal Abdel Nasser, Jawaharlal Nehru and Josip Tito met there in 1956 to help define the Non-Aligned Movement in its early days.

29 August 2012, Tehran

Press encounter after talks with the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament

First of all I’d like to thank the Chairman of the Majlis, Parliament, Dr [Ali Ardashir] Larijani, with whom I have been communicating and meeting on matters of our common concern.

10 December 1997, Tehran

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines and illuminates global pluralism and diversity, Says Secretary-General on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration

It is a special pleasure for me to address you today, at this distinguished university, in the heart of your great and ancient land. I have long looked forward to visiting Iran, and I am grateful for the generous welcome I have received. Iran is living through a time of great promise and change. The eyes of the world are upon you. With vision, pride and compassion, you are renewing your nation. I congratulate you on your success.