07 July 2017, Cascais, Portugal

Secretary-General's video message for "Women in Leadership: Through the Lens of the Public, Private, and Media Sectors" Conference organized by the Association of Women Ambassadors

Women’s leadership can unlock transformational change.
But globally, women have only about a quarter of all parliament seats and top media jobs.
In news media worldwide, women are reduced to less than a quarter of all people seen, heard or read about.
In films, women have less than a third of all speaking roles.
We have to give more opportunities to interested, diverse and capable women.
We have to uphold laws and policies that promote gender balance.

20 January 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

Secretary-General's message to the SDG Alliance Portugal

I am pleased to convey my warmest greetings to all those marking this first anniversary of the ALIANÇA ODS PORTUGAL.  I thank you for your commitment to advancing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The active engagement of the business community and others is critical to achieving the ambitious, universal and transformative 2030 Agenda.  As a unique national multi-stakeholder platform, the ALIANÇA ODS PORTUGAL can serve as an inspiration for the creation of similar national networks around the world. 

12 May 2016, Lisbon

Remarks at a meeting with Syrian students

I am so pleased to be with you.

I want to thank the Chairman of the Global Platform for Syrian Students, Jorge Sampaio, for his leadership and his longtime commitment to build bridges of understanding and inclusion among communities around the world.

I want to thank all of you for sharing your stories and experiences. I commend you for your strength and resilience. I am greatly saddened and appalled by all that we see in Syria –the tremendous loss of life, the massive destruction and displacement. The United Nations is doing everything in its power to end the fighting.

Miguel  de Serpa Soares Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel

Miguel de Serpa Soares

Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel

On 7 August 2013, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Miguel de Serpa Soares of Portugal as Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel. He replaced Patricia O’Brien of Ireland to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her tireless commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.

20 November 2010, Lisbon

Opening remarks to the Press at NATO Summit

Your Excellency Mr. Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan,
Your Excellency Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be here alongside President Karzai and NATO Secretary General Rasmussen.

We have just had a successful meeting, culminating in the adoption of the Lisbon Declaration and the NATO-Afghanistan Partnership Agreement.

These are important steps forward that build on earlier conferences in London and Kabul, and on progress on the ground in Afghanistan.

20 November 2010, Lisbon

Press encounter at the Presidential Palace

Bon Dia!

It's a great pleasure to meet with you. I thank you for this opportunity.

I am honored again to visit Portugal for the third time as Secretary-General of the United Nations, but this time for the NATO Summit meeting on Afghanistan. I had very good, constructive discussions with His Excellency President [Anibal Cavaco] Silva on matters of common concern.

20 November 2010, Lisbon

Remarks at NATO Summit Meeting on Afghanistan

Since our last Summit two years ago in Bucharest, much has changed in Afghanistan and in NATO's engagement there.

We are here to build on the important achievements of previous conferences in London and in Kabul.

We are here to push forward with our efforts to help the sovereign people of Afghanistan realize their aspirations for stability, reconciliation, governance, human rights and harmonious relations with their neighbours.

Many of your countries have held elections in which the challenges and frustrations we face in Afghanistan have figured prominently.