16 October 2015, Milan

Remarks at opening ceremony for World Food Day at Milan Expo

I am honoured to join you as we mark World Food Day to end hunger.

The United Nations is deeply grateful to the Government of Italy for its commitment and support.

I was especially privileged yesterday to be part of the very meaningful 60th anniversary celebrations of Italy’s membership in the United Nations. I sincerely appreciate the many top Italian officials and lawmakers who marked this milestone.

I also thank the citizens of Milan and the organizers of Expo Milan 2015 for choosing the inspiring theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

16 October 2015, Turin

Remarks at Third World Forum on Local Economic Development

Thank you very much for this opportunity to address this dynamic gathering.

Three weeks ago, world leaders adopted their visionary and ambitious plan for a new future.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lays out how we can end poverty, protect the planet and achieve prosperity that lasts.

We reached this historic landmark following broad consultations with people around the world.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals will only be realized when countries and communities work together.

15 October 2015, Rome

Remarks to the Chamber of Senate and Deputies

E' un onore per me essere qui oggi, in questa ricorrenza propizia, a celebrare il sessantesimo anniversario dell'adesione dell'Italia alle Nazioni Unite. [I am honoured to be here on this auspicious occasion to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Italy joining the United Nations.]

I offer my warmest congratulations on six decades of the Italy-UN partnership.

Italian culture is prized around the world – and in my home country too. Whenever I wear a tie from Italy, made in Italy, my wife seems to love me a little more and better.

27 April 2015, Sicily

Remarks on board the Italian naval ship the San Giusto

Dear Admiral and dear officers of the San Giusto, it's a great honour for me to take this opportunity to learn more about how your operation is taking place.

I would like to thank Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy and his Government for its great, compassionate leadership. It has been the bearing the brunt of all these challenges and I thank you very much for your commitment, and for organizing this valuable opportunity for me to visit this ship.

20 March 2015, Turin

Remarks at press event/signing ceremony for agreement between the Government of Italy and the United Nations System Staff College

Honorable Piero Fassino, Mayor of Torino, Your Excellency, Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Buona sera, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to meet you again, Foreign Minister, for a second time. We had a good meeting two days ago in Rome.

Mr. Mayor, thank you for your kind hospitality for the members of the United Nations senior leadership during the last two days’ meetings.

18 March 2015, Rome

Opening remarks to the press in Rome

Ladies and Gentlemen,


I am pleased to be back in Italy and in Rome. I just had a very good meeting over breakfast with Foreign Minister Gentiloni, This was the first time we’ve had the pleasure to meet. I would like to congratulate you once again and you can count on the United Nations. Let’s us have close support in addressing global and regional issues. Later today I will continue my discussions with President Sergio Mattarella and then Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

09 May 2014, Rome

Remarks at audience with His Holiness Pope Francis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with His Holiness Pope Francis I at the Vatican, Rome. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Your Holiness Pope Francis,

Thank you. Muchas gracias.

On behalf of the United Nations family, I would like to express our utmost gratitude to you for honouring us with this audience.

It is wonderful to be with you once again.

Twice a year, I invite the United Nations most senior executives to discuss our global mission to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development.

We represent the family of the United Nations – and we meet at a time of test for the human family.

Inequality is growing. Injustice is prevalent.