23 January 2017, Astana

Note to Correspondents: UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura - Opening Remarks to Astana meeting [as delivered]

Thank you, Foreign Minister Abdrakhmanov -- for hosting this International Meeting on Syrian Settlement here in Astana. This morning, I conveyed to H.E. President Nazarbayev the appreciation of the Secretary-General for the efforts undertaken by Kazakhstan to help restore peace and stability in Syria.  And his appreciation for the invitation to the UN to be here.

28 August 2016, Astana

Secretary-General's message to the "Building a Nuclear-Free World" conference

[delivered by Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Mr. Michael Møller]

I am pleased to send this message to all participants at the conference on “Building a Nuclear-Free World”, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the closing of the Semipalatinsk test site and the seventh International Day against Nuclear Tests. I thank the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan for hosting, once again demonstrating its commitment to the pursuit of a world free of nuclear weapons. 

10 June 2015, Astana

Remarks to press with Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan

It is a great honor and privilege for me to carry out two important events today - first of all, I was very much privileged to open this new, very excellent United Nations House. This should be our common working place, and I would like to sincerely thank the Government and people of Kazakhstan for their strong support for the United Nations.

And I also thank the personal presence of Foreign Minister [Erlan] Idrissov, despite his very busy schedule.

10 June 2015, Astana

Remarks to Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions: "Promoting Dialogue for Peace and Prosperity in Turbulent Times"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in Astana, Kazakhstan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

I am honoured to address this Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in the beautiful Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

Let me begin by recognizing the hospitality of His Excellency President [Nursultan] Nazarbayev
and the Government and people of Kazakhstan.

Thank you for your timely initiative to promote a much needed dialogue between religious and political leaders from around the world to enhance understanding, and build a culture of cooperation and mutual respect.

01 December 2010, Astana

Remarks to Summit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Your Excellency President Nazarbayev,
Mr. Chairperson-in-Office, Minister Saudabayev,
Secretary General of the OSCE, Mr. Brichambaut,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Honorable Ministers, Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

President Nazarbayev, thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. I applaud your leadership to organize this hostoric OSCE Summit meeting in Astana.

As the first CIS and Central Asian country to head the OSCE, Kazakhstan is helping to guide the way to a new era of action and engagement.


30 November 2010, Astana

Opening remarks at press encounter after meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

It is an honour to visit Kazakhstan for the second time this year as Secretary-General of the United Nations. And I thank you for all the hospitality and kind attention to the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] Summit meeting.

30 November 2010, Astana

Remarks on receiving the appeal of Women of Central Asia on Women, Peace and Security [As prepared for delivery]

I am thankful for this appeal. I pledge to treat it with the seriousness it deserves.

07 April 2010, Astana

Remarks to Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan

H.E. Mr. Kanat Saudabayev, Secretary of State,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Dederer Alexandr Fedorovich,
Chairman of Public Associations of Germans of Kazakhstan,
Members of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan,

I am honoured to meet you. I have had a tremendous journey through Central Asia. I have seen a region steeped in history -- rich in culture.

Today is the last day of my visit. Shortly I will meet President [Nursultan] Nazarbayev, and I will humbly receive the Order of Dostyk.