Italy

06 October 2016, Rome

Remarks to the press following a working lunch hosted by President Sergio Mattarella of Italy

Buon giorno!

E un vero piacere essere ancora una volta a Roma, specialmente con il Presidente Mattarella. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have just had very productive meeting with President Mattarella. Earlier today I also met with the President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, and the President of the Chambers of Deputies, Laura Boldrini. 

We discussed some of the most pressing issues on the international agenda, including Syria, Libya and the refugee and migrant crisis. 

06 October 2016, Rome, Italy

Secretary-General’s remarks to the press following a working lunch hosted by President Sergio Mattarella of Italy

Buon giorno!

E un vero piacere essere ancora una volta a Roma, specialmente con il Presidente Mattarella. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have just had very productive meeting with President Mattarella. Earlier today I also met with the President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, and the President of the Chambers of Deputies, Laura Boldrini. 

We discussed some of the most pressing issues on the international agenda, including Syria, Libya and the refugee and migrant crisis. 

05 October 2016, Vatican City

Remarks on "Sport at the Service of Humanity"

Your Holiness Pope Francis, 
Excellencies, 
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to be here with you. I thank The Holy See and the International Olympic Committee for their vision in uniting people of all faiths and cultures through sport.

Your Holiness, you are a committed advocate on behalf of our planet, particularly through your Encyclical on Care for Our Common Home. You have spoken up time and again for the most vulnerable. I deeply appreciate your moral leadership and humanitarian vision. 

05 October 2016, Vatican City

Secretary-General's remarks on "Sport at the Service of Humanity"

Your Holiness Pope Francis, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to be here with you. I thank The Holy See and the International Olympic Committee for their vision in uniting people of all faiths and cultures through sport.
Your Holiness, you are a committed advocate on behalf of our planet, particularly through your Encyclical on Care for Our Common Home. You have spoken up time and again for the most vulnerable. I deeply appreciate your moral leadership and humanitarian vision.  

18 September 2016, Assisi, Italy

Secretary-General's message to the 30th International Meeting for Peace, 18-20 September

[Delivered by Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP)]

I send warmest greetings to the International Meeting for Peace, and I thank Professor Marco Impagliazzo, President of the Community of Sant’Egidio, for hosting this important gathering.

I was extremely moved by my visit to the Community of Sant’Egidio last year, when I witnessed your support for refugees and migrants. The United Nations is proud to work side by side with you.

02 September 2016, Cernobbio

Secretary-General's message to 42nd Annual Forum "Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy"

[Delivered by Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs]

I am pleased to send greetings to the 42nd annual “Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy” forum.  Last year, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 universal, integrated and indivisible Sustainable Development Goals designed to stimulate action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.  

Filippo   Grandi United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Filippo Grandi

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

On 18 November 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed action by the General Assembly to elect Filippo Grandi of Italy as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

17 October 2015, Rome

Opening remarks to the press at Centre Tenda de Abramo Reception Centre

Good afternoon.

I am standing here with a very heavy heart.

I have had a series of moving meetings with families of refugees.

Before I say a few words, I would like to sincerely thank the great humanity and compassion showed Prof. Andrea Riccardi, the Founder of [the Community of] Sant’Egidio, and all the members of Sant’Egidio.

16 October 2015, Milan

Remarks at Finance for Food Event

Thank you for the opportunity to address this important event.

I am very encouraged by how this dynamic Milan Expo is supporting my Zero Hunger Challenge. I thank the Government of Italy for doing so much to help the world rise to this challenge.

Three weeks ago, leaders adopted a new vision for the future – with a set of Sustainable Development Goals.

Now we move from adoption to action.

All of you can help drive progress.