14 December 2017, Tokyo, Japan

Secretary-General’s press conference at Japan National Press Club

SG: [inaudible] in the struggle for a fair globalization. Japan’s role in human security, in humanitarian aid, in the promotion of human rights around the world. Japan’s commitment to peace and security, to disarmament, are aspects in which this country has always provided leadership in relation to the multilateral system, and it is my pleasure as Secretary-General of the United Nations to recognize it and to pay tribute to that commitment of the Japanese Government and the Japanese people. 

14 December 2017, Tokyo

Remarks at joint press encounter with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

This visit to Japan has a very special meaning. It is to pay tribute to Japan’s leadership as one of the pillars of today’s multilateral system and to also express my deep appreciation for Japan’s support to the United Nations: financial support, political support and important initiatives in relation to all the areas that are important for all the UN activities.

14 December 2017, Tokyo

Remarks at the Universal Health Coverage Forum

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank our co-organizers and commend the government of Japan for its leadership and vision in hosting this meeting.
Thank you also to Prime Minister Abe for his exciting announcement of US$2.9 billion for universal health coverage programmes.

14 December 2017, Tokyo, Japan

The Secretary-General's remarks at the Universal Health Coverage Forum

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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

19 December 2016, Tokyo

Secretary-General's video message marking the 60th Anniversary of Japan's Accession to the United Nations

Your Excellency Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
Your Excellency Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, 
Ladies and gentlemen, 

I congratulate the Government and people of Japan on the 60th anniversary of membership in the United Nations. 

When Japan joined the United Nations as a peace-loving country, the decision was welcomed by the Japanese public and the entire world. 

Since then, Japan has shown a strong commitment to the UN Charter and made significant contributions to the Organization’s work.

25 November 2016, Kuroshio, Japan

Secretary-General's video message to High School Student Summit on World Tsunami Awareness Day

Dear students,
I am pleased to send greetings to your important gathering.
November 5th marked the first observance of World Tsunami Awareness Day.
This date commemorates the famous Japanese story of “Inamura-no-hi”, when a wise local leader acted to save many lives from an approaching tsunami.
You show similar wisdom by bringing together more than 350 students from 30 countries.
Tsunamis are rare but deadly.
The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed 227,000 lives.

09 August 2016, Nagasaki, Japan

Secretary-General's message to Peace Memorial Ceremony

[Delivered by Mr. Kim Won-soo, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs]

I wish to convey my solidarity as you gather for this peace ceremony to honour the victims of the devastating atomic bombing of Nagasaki seventy-one years ago. I am grateful to the city of Nagasaki for organising this ceremony and keeping fresh in our minds the horrific human toll caused by nuclear weapons.


You have come together to mourn those who perished in the bombing and suffered through its horrendous after-effects.  But your gathering is also a powerful reminder to the international community to spare no effort to ensure such a tragedy never happens again.

, Hokkaido

Joint Press conference with World Bank President Robert Zoellick after the first day of the G8 Summit Outreach Session

[Unofficial transcript]

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the media. It is a great pleasure to see you.

First I would like to thank Prime Minister [Yasuo] Fukuda for his leadership in hosting this G8 Summit meeting. I am delighted to be with you today in the company of World Bank President, Mr. Robert Zoellick. Our being here together reflects our joint commitment to work together.

As we stand before you today, the world faces three simultaneous crises: a food crisis, a climate crisis, and a development crisis.

27 May 2016, Nagoya

Remarks at G7 Outreach Session 2: Sustainable Development Goals

Thank you for your leadership on developing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for implementing intensively in relation to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as soon as the Agenda came into force at the start of this year.

Today I request you to remain focused on five shared priorities.

First: Climate Change.

27 May 2016, Ise-Shima

Remarks at the 1st Outreach Session of the G7 Summit on Stability and Prosperity in Asia

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Thank you Mr. Prime Minister [Abe] for inviting the United Nations and for your leadership in promoting your prosperity and stability in Asia.

G7 support to durable and resilient 21st-century infrastructure is a vital contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals in general.

There are urgent decisions to be made about the design and construction of cities, energy facilities, schools, hospitals and transport systems.