Americas

08 October 2017, Roseau

Opening remarks at press conference in Roseau, Dominica

Thank you very much, your Excellency, for your kinds words and for the warm welcome the Government and the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica. 

07 October 2017, Antigua and Barbuda

Opening remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda

Secretary-General António Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome.
 
Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, the people of Dominica, the people of the Caribbean in general. I’ve just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never witnessed in my life.
 
I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms… I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda.
 
This must make us think seriously.
 

30 May 2017, New York

Address on Climate Action at New York University Stern School of Business

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses audience at New York University Stern School of Business. Photo: Florencia Soto Nino

I would like to thank everyone at New York University, and especially the Stern School of Business, for your warm welcome and your role in making today’s gathering possible.

Let me also thank all of you for being here to discuss the crucial challenge of climate change and how we must address it.

I can think of no better audience – this wonderful mix of scholars and scientists, students and activists, investors and entrepreneurs – the people who, together, are making climate action real.

28 December 2016, Carbondale, Illinois

Remarks at Southern Illinois University, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

Honorable Randy J. Dunn, President of the Southern Illinois University System,
Honorable Brad Colwell, Interim Chancellor of SIU Carbondale,
Mr. Jak Tichenor, Interim Director of the Paul Simon Institute,
Ms. Sheila Simon, former Illinois Lt. Governor and daughter of the late Senator Paul Simon,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Thank you for your warm welcome.  I am grateful to Southern Illinois University for inviting me to be here.
 

29 November 2016, New York

Remarks at the event "Ethics in Action: The UN’S 17 Sustainable Development Goals"

It is a pleasure to join you. I thank the New York Society for Ethical Culture for hosting this gathering.

Professor Sachs, I would like to express my gratitude for the Ethics in Action award. I know it is not just me you are recognizing, but also the Organization I have been honoured to lead for the past decade -- and especially, the staff who bring UN ideals to life around the clock, around the world. Thank you for this recognition.

I am also very moved to hear the special message from His Holiness Pope Francis.

22 November 2016, New York

Remarks on "Future of Multilateral Disarmament" at New York University

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to have this opportunity to share some thoughts on my hope and what the United Nations has been doing on arms control and disarmament with distinguished professors and students here today.

You have helped to prepare future generations to address global challenges through multilateral cooperation. 

Your outstanding teaching and research have deepened the public’s understanding of the work of the United Nations. 

And I salute you all for all of this and much more ­– what you have been doing and continue to do.

17 October 2016, Quito

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Rafael Correa of Ecuador at Habitat III

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) presides over the opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) in Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Señor Presidente Correa, Buenas tardes, Señoras y Señores,

Es un gran placer para mí de estar aquí en Ecuador con Su Excelencia Presidente Correa.

Presidente, muchas gracias por su leadership y hospitalidad.

And I thank you for the very kind words about my role as Secretary-General. From Day 1 as Secretary-General, I have been working very closely with the Government and people of Ecuador. 

16 October 2016, Quito

Remarks to the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments

Es un gran placer para mi estar aqui con todos ustedes.

Many thanks to the Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, for hosting us today.

In the 20 years since your first meeting at Habitat II in Istanbul, we have come a long way. Many countries have undergone profound change.

There is a widely-recognized need to support and empower local and regional governments.

Decentralization, and the devolution of roles and responsibilities to local and regional authorities, is an important trend.

26 September 2016, Cartegena

Remarks to the press following the signing of the Colombia Peace Agreements

Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, good afternoon.

It is a pleasure to be in Cartagena for the signing of the Final Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army.

I would not normally travel during the opening days of the United Nations General Assembly session.

But I wanted to demonstrate my personal commitment, and that of the entire UN system, to the historic peace process.

There are strong signs that peace is already taking root.

26 September 2016, Cartegena

Remarks at the signing of the Colombia Peace Agreements

Excelencias:
Señoras y señores:
 
Buenas tardes, es un gran honor participar en esta histórica ceremonia.
 
Los felicito, a ustedes y a todos los que han hecho posible este día memorable.
 
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am deeply moved to see so many thousands of Colombians here today.
 
I am honored to be here to celebrate your achievement and that of countless Colombians who never lost hope in peace.