18 April 2021, Malaysia

Climate action for people and planet: the time is now

In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action.

In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action.

via New Straits Times:

06 November 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Secretary-General's video message to the Inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Summit, 6-7 November

I commend Malaysia for convening this important gathering on the Sustainable Development Goals.

I recently called for a Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs.

We need ambitious action from all sectors of society.

Despite some important progress, we are off track.

Deadly conflicts, the climate crisis, gender-based violence, rising hunger and persistent inequalities are undermining efforts to achieve the Goals by 2030.

To leave no one behind, we need partnerships, resources and innovation.

And we need a fair globalization that delivers for all.

16 August 2016, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Secretary-General's message to the International Conference on Blue Ocean Strategy

[Delivered by Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)]

I am pleased to send greetings to all participants at the International Conference on Blue Ocean Strategy. I thank the Malaysian Government for organizing this gathering.

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, world leaders have set out their vision for the future of humanity. The recent High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York demonstrated that countries are acting to realize the 2030 Agenda.

22 November 2015, Kuala Lumpur

Opening remarks at Seventh ASEAN-UN Summit

I am honoured to join you.

2015 is a momentous year for the United Nations, ASEAN and our partnership.

The world has now adopted visionary Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty by 2030.

In just eight days, the Climate Change Conference will open in Paris to adopt a meaningful new agreement.

ASEAN is becoming one community.

These hopeful events come at a time of grave global threats.

Violent extremism and terrorism destabilize countries and regions.

22 November 2015, Kuala Lumpur

Remarks at the ASEAN East Asia Summit

It is a great honor to participate in this important EAS Summit.

Thank you for the opportunity to address this East Asia Summit. I thank ASEAN for making this event possible.

At the outset, I would like to most sincerely congratulate the establishment of ASEAN Community. This is a historic occasion to witness the full integration of 10 ASEAN countries. The UN Charter under its Chapter 8 envisages importance of cooperation with regional organization.

I have deep personal ties to East Asia and great faith in its potential.

22 March 2012, Putrajaya

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister

It’s a great pleasure and honor for me to visit Malaysia as the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Even though this is my first visit as the Secretary-General, I am a very strong admirer of the Malaysian people because I have been here many times in my previous capacity and I have been working very closely with the Malaysian Government and people.

22 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur

Opening remarks at press encounter at Commemoration of World TB Day Institute of Respiratory Medicine

This year’s commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day has been very meaningful for me.

And I’m very happy to visit this institute today. I just met two patients. My wife and myself provided some medicines to two patients. I’m very much humbled and at the same time encouraged that they are given this service, very kind and caring service.

22 March 2012, Port Dickson

Remarks at the Malaysia Peacekeeping Training Centre [as delivered]

Thank you for welcoming me here.

And what a special honour it is to be speaking to you today in the new Ban Ki-moon Auditorium in this training centre. I thank you very much!

I understand that, at many institutions, large halls such as this are often called “the multi-purpose room.”

That certainly describes my role as UN Secretary-General. And it certainly describes very well the responsibilities placed on you as United Nations peacekeepers.

Peacekeepers must be versatile, flexible, ready to deploy anywhere in the world.

22 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur

Remarks at Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations: "The United Nations and Malaysia in a Changing World" [as prepared for delivery]

Selamat pagi [good morning]

I am pleased to be here in the house of your first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Bapa Kemerdekaan [Father of Independence], Bapa Malaysia [Father of Malaysia],

I hope you can see my lapel pin.

It says ‘number 1’

My staff wondered what it was when they saw it.

After all, they already know I am number one!

So I explained that it stands for “satu Malaysia” – “one Malaysia”.

This is such a fundamental, important concept.

Yours is a diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-religious nation.