07 May 2014, Rome

Remarks to the Committee on World Food Security

Your Excellency Ambassador Gerda Verburg, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security,
IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze,
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin,
FAO Deputy Director-General Daniel Gustafson,
FAO Deputy-Director General Maria Helena Semedo,
Special Representative David Nabarro,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is the first time that I have had the honour of addressing the revitalized Committee on World Food Security in person. I am delighted to be here with you today.

09 April 2013, Rome

Opening remarks to press following visit to the Vatican

Good [afternoon], ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be back in Rome. I have a full programme today.

I have a number of meetings, including with President [Giorgio] Napolitano this morning and Prime Minister [Mario Monti] this afternoon. I am also meeting with speakers of both houses – the Senate and the Parliament of Deputies, and other Ministerial officials.

But I wanted to have this chance to speak with you about my meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis. I am just coming back from the Vatican.

02 April 2013, Rimini

Remarks at San Patrignano Drug Rehabilitation Centre

I cannot express how I am feeling. The stories which I heard from Mike and Damir are very impressive.
I am very much touched. I know your life is maybe very difficult at this time. But I am here as Secretary-General of the United Nations to give at least a sense of hope for your brighter and better future.

I thank Madam Moratti. She is our Goodwill Ambassador. She was the Minister of Education. It is good to have such a visionary leader who will work for your better life.

02 June 2011, Rome

Toast at dinner hosted by H.E. Mr. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic [as prepared for delivery]

Thank you, President Napolitano, for your kind invitation and for the honour of speaking here this evening.

Looking around this remarkable palace, we stand in awe again at the art, culture and sheer flair that are so uniquely Italian.

We are in illustrious company. Leaders have come from across the world to celebrate this important anniversary. That, in itself, says much about our common heritage and our common future.

16 November 2009, Rome

Remarks to the press at Food Security Summit

Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO,
Ms. Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP,
Mr. Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD,
Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

This morning I emphasized that the world has more than enough food yet more than one billion people are hungry. This is unacceptable.

I would like to acknowledge the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, represented here today by Mr. Diouf, Ms. Sheeran and Mr. Nwanze, who will be here shortly.