09 April 2019, Beirut, Lebanon

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the opening session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development [as prepared for delivery]

It is my great pleasure to be here today. I thank the Government of Lebanon for its warm welcome and hospitality.
This year, participating in all Regional Forums, across all five regions, is a priority for me.
2019 is a defining year for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the regional forums pave the way for our first stocktaking on the SDGs during the General Assembly in September.
This region has a key role to play.
It is firmly rooted in a shared cultural, linguistic and historical heritage.

25 March 2016, Tripoli

Press remarks at Qobbeh Social Development Centre

Dear officials, dear colleagues, Assalam Alekum to all. It is a great pleasure for me to open this Social Development Centre.

I am very happy to see that the UN system, UNDP, UNICEF and UNRWA and all other organizations are working very closely with the community leaders to provide education, vocational training, sanitation support and some psychological support, and also a safe place to watch our women and children there. This is a very important place.

25 March 2016, Tripoli

Remarks to the press at Nahr El-Bared camp

I am standing here in Nahr El-Bared camp. I have been working [on this issue] since 2007 when I took over my job as Secretary-General. This has been one of the top priorities for me, working together with the then Prime Minister Siniora.

Now after nine years, well, I’m seeing that almost half of the reconstruction has been made, but still there are so many people waiting to return to their homes. I just met some family members, the lady was crying, I tried to sympathize and console her, but no words can satisfy her, and no words [are enough]. I am very sad.

24 March 2016, Beirut

Remarks at media stakeout after meeting the Lebanese Armed Forces, UNIFIL and the International Support Group

Good afternoon, everyone.

First, I would like to express my deepest condolences for the death of a Lebanese soldier today in Wadi Rayan, in the outskirts of Arsal near the Syrian border.

This bomb attack underlines the importance of international support for the Lebanese Armed Forces, to fight terrorism and to shield Lebanon from turmoil in the region.

24 March 2016, Beirut

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President of the Council of Ministers, Tammam Salam, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Ahmad Al-Madani

Mr. Prime Minister, Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Good afternoon everyone. Salam Aleykum,

I am very pleased to be back in Lebanon. The United Nations has a major presence here and I thank Lebanon’s leaders for the support they have extended to our Organization.

Before I talk about my visit, I would like to express my deepest condolences for the death of a Lebanese soldier today in Wadi Rayan, in the outskirts of Arsal near the Syrian border.

16 January 2012, Naquoura

Remarks at UNIFIL headquarters

Dear Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, Force Commander and UNIFIL Head of Mission,
Dear officers,
Dear men and women of UNIFIL,
Dear colleagues,
ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured to be here today. I commend you General Asarta as you complete two years of leading one of the most challenging United Nations peacekeeping missions in the world. I also thank all of you, the brave women and men serving Lebanon and the Lebanese people, you may be military or civilian, national or international staff, but you are all united for peace.

15 January 2012, Beirut

Keynote address at high-level meeting on Reform and Transitions to Democracy [as delivered]

Prime Minister Mikati, thank you for joining us for this important gathering, held under the auspices of ESCWA and also the Government of Lebanon.

And our great thanks again to Rima Khalaf and the four regional commissions for bringing us together.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The remarkable events of the past year transformed the region and changed the world.

It was a story written by people – but the story has just begun.

Those who believe in a future of freedom and dignity must now come together

14 January 2012, Beirut

Remarks at official dinner hosted by H.E. Mr. Najib Mikati, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lebanon, in honour of the participants at the high-level meeting of reform and transitions to democracy

Thank you very much, Your Excellency Prime Minister, for hosting this wonderful dinner in this very elegant chamber.

13 January 2012, Beirut

Opening remarks at press conference, Beirut, Lebanon [unofficial transcript]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in Beirut, 13 Jan. '12. Photo: UN Photo/E. Schneider

Ladies and gentlemen, Salam alaykoum, sana saeeda

I am very pleased to be back in Lebanon.

This is my first trip abroad in my second term as the Secretary-General.

But this is in total my third visit to Lebanon as the Secretary-General as you may know.

I am in Lebanon to underline my personal commitment to stability, security and peace in this country.

The United Nations has a major presence here.

UNIFIL is our third-largest peacekeeping operation in the world.

Beirut is home to our Regional Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).