Republic of Korea

02 December 2018, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General's video message for the Opening of the Ban Ki-moon Peace Museum

Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to take part in the opening of this Peace Museum in honour of my esteemed predecessor and friend, Ban Ki-moon.
 
It is particularly fitting that this museum is in his hometown of Eumseong County because Ban Ki-moon has never forgotten where he came from. 
 
What a remarkable life story -- growing up in war-ravaged Korea and rising up to lead the world organization that helped his country in its greatest time of need.
 
Ban Ki-moon took what he learned in his hometown to serve the world.
 

09 February 2018, PyeongChang

Remarks to the press following his meeting with Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) receives an Olympic torch from Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, at the IOC office in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Thank you Mr. President [Thomas Bach], I want to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for this kind invitation to be here in PyeongChang at the Winter Olympics. We do it with enormous pleasure and enormous honor
 

09 February 2018, Gangneung

Toast at the Official Lunch Hosted by President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

I want to express my gratitude for this wonderful and very warm hospitality of the Republic of Korea, of your people, your Government and yourself. We feel very much at home here.
 
The Olympic Games are very important but the true reason of my visit is the strong wish to express my total solidarity with the Korean people in this moment of tension and opportunity.
 

09 February 2018, PyeongChang

Secretary-General's remarks to the press following his meeting with Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee

Thank you Mr. President [Thomas Bach], I want to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for this kind invitation to be here in PyeongChang at the Winter Olympics. We do it with enormous pleasure and enormous honor
 

09 February 2018, Gangneung, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General’s Toast at the Official Lunch Hosted by President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

I want to express my gratitude for this wonderful and very warm hospitality of the Republic of Korea, of your people, your Government and yourself. We feel very much at home here.
 
The Olympic Games are very important but the true reason of my visit is the strong wish to express my total solidarity with the Korean people in this moment of tension and opportunity.
 

25 September 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General's video message to the launch of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to greet all those attending the launch of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development at the Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment at Yonsei University.
 
I congratulate my distinguished predecessor for this timely and important initiative.
 

01 November 2016, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General's message to Global Human Resources Forum 2016 "Global Talent, Global Prosperity", 1-3 November

I am pleased to convey my greetings to all those gathered for Global HR Forum 2016.
You are meeting at a crucial moment.  We at the United Nations are in the first year of implementation of the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The Agenda – and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – is the world’s blueprint for ending poverty and building lives of peace and dignity on a healthy planet.   

11 October 2016, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General's video message for the 17th World Knowledge Forum, 11-13 October

Dr. Chang Dae Whan, Founder of the World Knowledge Forum and Chairman of the Maekyung Media Group, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to greet the 17th World Knowledge Forum.
 
Our world faces formidable challenges.
 
Yet I know that we have the power to end war, poverty and persecution, close the gap between rich and poor, and make rights real in people’s lives. 
 

05 September 2016, Seoul

Secretary-General's message to Opening Ceremony of the International Council on Archives Congress

It is an honour to greet the 2016 Congress of the International Council on Archives.

Your work is critical to ensuring that the memory of the world is preserved and made available to people everywhere. The more we are aware of our history -- accomplishments and atrocities alike -- the more we can learn from our past and build peaceful, tolerant societies.