Americas

28 February 2015, Santiago

Closing remarks to High-level event on Women in Power and Decision-Making

Muchas gracias.

Let me begin by expressing my thanks to President Bachelet and all of the organizers for their hard work.

My deepest thanks to all of you for joining forces in Santiago to “build a different world.”

You came here to share your ideas and energy.

You leave here with a strong global call for action.

That call is loud and clear.

And today, we say to the world: You cannot ignore that call. You cannot put the phone on silent.

You must answer.

We have waited long enough.

27 February 2015, Santiago

Opening remarks to the press at High-level event on Women in Power and Decision-Making in Santiago

Buenos días.

Es un gran placer estar en Chile. [“Good day. It is a great pleasure to be in Chile.”]

This is my third visit to Chile. I was last here in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake. It is particularly meaningful to be here on this day that marks five years after that devastating event.

I am honoured to once again express my solidarity with the Chilean people. Your impressive efforts to recover and rebuild clearly shows your strong spirit of resilience.

27 February 2015, Santiago

Remarks at High-level event on Women in Power and Decision-Making

Thank you very much for the chance to address this important meeting in beautiful Santiago de Chile. I am delighted to see so many dynamic leaders here.

I am especially honoured by the presence of Her Excellency President Michelle Bachelet. We will always be grateful for her impressive legacy as the founding Executive Director of UN Women.

I stand before you as someone who is keenly aware of the struggle for women’s human rights.

26 February 2015, Asuncion

Address to National Congress of Paraguay

Buenos días, es un honor estar con ustedes durante mi primera visita a su hermoso país.

Me siento profundamente honrado de ser el primer Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas que visita el Paraguay en más de 50 años. Y estoy orgulloso de hacerlo durante el 70o aniversario de las Naciones Unidas.

Llego con ansias de saber más sobre su gran país … de oír los sonidos de los arpistas paraguayos, famosos en el mundo entero… ¡y, por supuesto, de disfrutar de una chipa recién hecha y de un tereré frío!

25 February 2015, Asuncion

Opening remarks at joint press briefing with President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara of Paraguay

Buenos tardes, Mba’eichapa!

Quisiera agradecer al Presidente Cartes y al pueblo del Paraguay por la cálida bienvenida que me han brindado.

Es un gran placer estar en el Paraguay en esta, mi primera visita a su hermoso país. [I want to thank President Cartes and the people of Paraguay for their warm welcome. I am so pleased to be in Paraguay for my first visit.]

I am particularly honoured to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to visit Paraguay since Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld came here in 1959.

Paraguay has come a long way since then.

19 February 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Summit for Countering Violent Extremism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ddresses the opening of the Ministerial Meeting of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism  in Washington, D.C. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Honourable Secretary of State John Kerry, Distinguished Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank President Barack Obama and Secretary Kerry for convening this important gathering on preventing violent extremism and thank you for your leadership and strong commitment, and eloquent speech and giving us good way forward so that we can work together to defeat this violent extremism and terrorism, and discuss how we can build upon what we have been doing so far.

12 February 2015, New York

Remarks at Waitangi Day celebration hosted by New Zealand

Thank you for inviting me to this wonderful celebration. Happy Waitangi Day!

I am delighted to be here. I deeply appreciate the UN’s partnership with New Zealand. And I am especially impressed by Maori culture.

Last year, I visited Taupo to see the Tuaropaki Trust. The indigenous people there have built a thriving modern business based on timeless ancient wisdom. This was an inspiring example of sustainable development in action.

16 January 2015, San Salvador

Remarks at joint press conference with President Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador

Estoy muy feliz de estar en El Salvador. Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad hermosa.

I am honoured to be here to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accords.

El Salvador and the United Nations have a long and special relationship.

The Salvadoran peace process heavily influenced the way the United Nations works to this day on peace, security and human rights issues around the world.

My predecessor, Secretary-General, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, has played a pivotal role in securing peace.

16 January 2015, San Salvador

Remarks at ceremony for XXIII Anniversary of the Peace Agreements in El Salvador

Como esta ceremonia muestra, las Naciones Unidas y el Salvador comparten un estrecho vínculo.

Permítanme citar las palabras del poeta Roque Dalton y referirme a ustedes, salvadoreños, como “mis compatriotas, mis hermanos”.

[As this ceremony illustrates, the United Nations and El Salvador share a lasting bond. Please allow me to draw from the words of the poet Roque Dalton and refer to you, Salvadorans, as “mis compatriotas, mis hermanos”.]

I am profoundly honoured to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to take part in this anniversary event.

14 January 2015, Tegucigalpa

Address to the National Congress of Honduras

Es un gran honor y un privilegio para mí dirigirme al Congreso Nacional de Honduras. [It is a great honour and privilege to address the National Congress of Honduras.]

I am also deeply grateful for being awarded the Gran Cruz Extraordinaria con Placa de Oro.

I accept this high honour with humility and gratitude for your recognition of my work and that of all United Nations personnel striving to build a better world for all.