Americas

27 September 2014, New York

Remarks to Global Citizen Festival

Hello Global Citizens!

Our world needs more solar power and wind power.

But I believe in an even stronger source of energy: People power!

The United Nations has heard your voices tonight.

Loud and clear.

You are the generation that can end extreme poverty by 2030.

I commit to challenge world leaders to develop the most ambitious set of sustainable development goals.

And I commit to bring your voices to the table.

A better world is around the corner.

21 September 2014, New York

Press encounter at the People’s Climate March

I am overwhelmed by such a strong power, energy and voice of people - I hope this voice will be truly reflected to the leaders when they meet on September 23rd. Climate change is [a] defining issue of our time and there is no time to lose. If we do not take action now, we will have to pay much more. They have raised their voice, they have shown their power to change the mind set of people and I hope that this power will help -- and the heat will help -- cool the global temperature rise within 2 degree Centigrade.

20 September 2014, New York

Remarks at the HeForShe special event

Thank you all for joining this special event.

I am especially grateful to UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for launching a campaign for gender equality that is about men and boys.

I am honoured to welcome our wonderful new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson. Thank you so much for shining your spotlight on this lifesaving work.

I consider myself a champion of women’s equality.

I remember one conference of business executives where I said I would walk out the next year if I didn’t see more women in the room!

15 September 2014, New York

Remarks at the Church of the Holy Family

Thank you for your warm welcome. Each year I look forward to joining you. I do so safe in the knowledge that this service is the calm before the storm of events, meetings and photo calls that is the General Assembly!

An evening like this reminds us that many people around the world turn to faith as a source of guidance and inspiration.

Yet today, too often, we also see the opposite.

Instead of protection, faith is used as a weapon.

This disturbing trend is not the province of any one religion.

30 July 2014, San Jose

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz of the Republic of Costa Rica

Estoy muy feliz de estar en Costa Rica.

Es un placer para mi realizar mi primer viaje a Costa Rica como Secretario General y estar en su hermoso pais.

Since arriving this morning, I have met with President [Luis Guillermo] Solís and Foreign Minister [Manuel] González. We discussed security in Central America, the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 development agenda, climate change, and many other issues relating to disarmament and peace and security.

I had the extraordinary honor of addressing the judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

30 July 2014, San Jose

Remarks to media on arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

Es un placer para mi realizar mi primer viaje a Costa Rica como Secretario General y estar en su hermoso pais.

Estoy muy feliz de estar en Costa Rica. Muchas gracias.

Thank you, Mr. President, for your warm welcome, ?and I'm very much impressed and overwhelmed by such a warm welcome, and particularly by young children who are the hope and future of, not only Costa Rica, but the whole world. We ?work for these young people and they are our hope and our future.

Mr. President and Madame First Lady,
Ministers and ladies and gentlemen,

29 July 2014, Managua

Remarks at press encounter upon arrival in Managua with President Daniel Ortega

Estoy muy feliz de estar en Nicaragua. [I am very happy to be in Nicaragua.]

Señor Presidente, muchas gracias por su amable hospitalidad del Presidente Ortega. [Mr. President, thank you for your kind hospitality.]

Es un placer para mi realizar mi primer viaje a Nicaragua como Secretario General y estar en su hermoso pais. Muchas gracias. [It is a pleasure for me to make my first visit to Nicaragua as Secretary-General and see your beautiful country.]

29 July 2014, Rivas

Remarks at Camilo Ortega Wind Park

Buenos tardes. Mucho gusto. Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad.

I am very impressed by what I have seen today. This is a very impressive wind park and I learned a lot about what you are doing to promote sustainable energy.

This project represents almost one quarter of Nicaragua’s capacity to generate wind power. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions - at least100,000 tons of CO2 each year.

18 July 2014, Ralph Bunche Park, New York

Remarks at Nelson Mandela International Day Public Service Activity

I am delighted to welcome all of you. We are particularly honoured to have Kweku Mandela here representing the family of his grandfather.

Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the work of Madiba, a model global citizen and visionary leader.

Let us also pause to remember the recent passing of one of Madiba’s close supporters, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. Both of them strongly believed in the mission of the United Nations – and they helped to prove the value of our common solidarity in defeating apartheid.

16 July 2014, Santo Domingo

Remarks at presentation of “Quisqueya sin Miseria” programme

Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad.

I’m very moved, touched, by what you are doing to make this country better for all through this very meaningful programme, “Quisqueya Sin Miseria.” I would like to sincerely thank and highly commend the far-sighted vision of President [Danilo] Medina [Sánchez] and his Government for this very meaningful campaign.

The United Nations is working very hard to provide education to many people around the world, particularly for women and girls and vulnerable groups of people, and marginalized people, particularly.