16 November 2009, Rome

Remarks to World Food Programme Staff

Thank you, Josette.

Thank you all for being here.

As you know, I am here in Rome for the Food Summit. But I also came to be with you during this difficult time.

I wanted to thank you, personally, for the work you do and your extraordinary dedication to the world's people.

When disaster strikes … when famine darkens the land …you are there.

Whether on the frontlines in the world's emergency zones, or supporting that work from Rome or other offices, you are the very face of the United Nations.

16 November 2009, Rome

Opening remarks at Food Security Summit

His Excellency Renato Schifani, President of the Italian Senate

His Excellency, Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

The Honourable Giovanni Alemanno, Mayor of Rome

The Honourable Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization,

The Honourable Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the United Nations General Assembly,


Distinguished delegates,

Ladies and gentlemen,

10 July 2009, L'Aquila

Remarks to breakfast on "The impact of the Economic Crisis on Africa"

Excellencies, Good morning, buon giorno.

Thank you very much for convening this breakfast on the impact of the economic crisis on Africa.

Any notion that Africa's relative isolation from global capital markets would shield it from the effects of the financial crisis has now been proven to be wishful thinking. We live in a fully interconnected world.

Africa's progress toward the MDGs is in peril. The economic and financial crisis has set us back several years.

10 July 2009, L'Aquila

Remarks to the Group of Eight Food Security Session


Thank you for this opportunity to start our discussion on food security.

Last year's major spike in food and energy prices affected hundreds of millions of people. It amplified suffering, hardship and political unrest. We lost ground in our race to reach the first Millennium Development Goal.

In response, governments, regional agencies, civil society groups and international organizations joined forces to feed the hungry and prepare for a better future.

26 June 2009, Trieste

Remarks to informal G8 meeting on Afghanistan

[As delivered]

Your Excellency Franco Frattini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy,

Distinguished ministers of foreign affairs,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the Government of Italy for convening this important meeting.

I also express my great appreciation to the leaders and delegations that are here today to show their commitment to building a strong partnership between Afghanistan and its neighbors, including Pakistan, Iran and the Central Asian states, and with the broader international community.