Spain

01 September 2008, Zaragoza

Remarks at the Water Tribune

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, let me express my profound condolences on the tragedy of the plane crash last week which claimed so many lives. I wish the Spanish people courage and fortitude at this difficult time.

01 September 2008, Zaragoza

Remarks at Expo Zaragoza

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, let me express my profound condolences on the tragedy of the plane crash last week which claimed so many lives. I wish the Spanish people courage and fortitude at this difficult time.

15 January 2008, Madrid

Remarks at the inauguration of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum

Prime Minister Zapatero,

Prime Minister Erdoðan,

High Representative Sampaio

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am moved and honoured to be here. This is an extraordinary gathering of leaders from every all sphere -- politics, religion, the media, the private sector and civil society.

17 November 2007, Valencia

Address to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) upon the release of its fourth assessment synthesis report

Dr. (Rajendra) Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Mr. Michel Jarraud (Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization)

Mr. Achim Steiner (Executive Director of UN Environment Programme)

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Buenos Dias.

I am delighted to join you for the release of the synthesis report of the IPCC fourth assessment.

17 November 2007, Valencia

Remarks at the signing of the agreement between the Government of Spain and the United Nations on the Valencia logistics base

Buenos dias!

I want to thank the Government of Spain for its generous offer to host a new United Nations logistics base here in Valencia

I welcome the successful conclusion of negotiations the text of the agreement on the use of the premises. This agreement and other administrative agreements will need to be duly considered and approved by the United Nations General Assembly and the Government of Spain.

05 June 2007, Madrid

Remarks to the World Tourism Organization in Madrid

I am delighted to start my first visit to Spain as Secretary-General with a visit to the United Nations World Tourism Organization [UNWTO].

This may be the youngest and the smallest of the specialized agencies of the United Nations, but it is very relevant to the broader work of our Organization.

Tourism is the people's building block for global peace and cultural understanding.  By bringing ordinary men and women from around the world into contact with one another, it helps dispel the myths, stereotypes and caricatures that often hold sway from a distance.