Philippines

14 November 2017, Manila

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore

The Secretary-General met today with H. E. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.
 
The Secretary-General said he was looking forward to working with Singapore as the incoming ASEAN Chair in 2018, encouraging further substantive progress in concrete areas of the ASEAN-UN partnership.
 

14 November 2017, Manila, Philippines

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H. E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

The Secretary-General met today with H. E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

The Secretary-General and the State Counsellor discussed the situation in Rakhine State. The Secretary-General highlighted that strengthened efforts to ensure humanitarian access, safe, dignified, voluntary and sustained returns, as well as true reconciliation between communities, would be essential.

He also stressed the importance of implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations.
 

 

13 November 2017, Manila

Remarks at the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit

Mr. Chairman, 
Distinguished Heads of State and Government of ASEAN,
Secretary-General of ASEAN,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour to join you for the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit.

I congratulate the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines for your success in chairing ASEAN in its 50th anniversary year.

And I congratulate all the Governments and peoples of ASEAN on the achievement of this milestone.

ASEAN was founded at a time of great turmoil in Southeast Asia.

13 November 2017, Manila, Philippines

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
 
They discussed the cooperation between Viet Nam and the UN, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and reaffirmed the importance of the UN delivering as One.
 
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also exchanged views on regional issues, including the South China Sea.
 

 

13 November 2017, Manila, Philippines

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. He highlighted the importance of Lao PDR’s partnership with the United Nations, particularly in the field of the Sustainable Development Goals, and noted the adoption of country-specific SDG 18 on reducing the impact of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR.
 

 

29 October 2008, Manila

Opening remarks at press conference

[Unofficial transcript]

Thank you very much. Good morning everyone.

Distinguished members of the media, it's a great pleasure to have this opportunity, during my participation in the 2nd Forum on Migration and Development, to be with you.

I am honoured to be in Manila today and to have taken part in the opening of the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development, which brings together more than 163 countries across the globe to address the very important issues surrounding migration, including understanding and developing its benefits.

29 October 2008, Manila

Address at the University of Philippines

[As prepared for delivery]

Dr. Emmanuel Angeles, Chairman of the Board of Regents, Excellencies,

Distinguished faculty,

Dear students,

I am deeply honoured to receive an honorary doctorate from this great institution of learning. I know that, through me, you are also paying tribute to the United Nations. Thank you for this recognition.

The University of Philippines has a long history of excellence. Many talented men and women have emerged through your gates to make their mark on the world.

29 October 2008, Manila

Address to the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development

[As prepared for delivery]

President Arroyo, Excellencies, Delegates

I am honoured to welcome you to the second Global Forum on Migration and Development.

As we assemble today, our world faces economic upheaval of a kind not seen in generations. This sobering fact makes your work here of critical importance. Today, more than ever, we must understand how to draw on the power of migration to advance development.