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

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.
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.

17 September 2016, Montréal

Remarks at the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference

Today we celebrate 15 years of achievement -- and we look forward to even more success in the critical years to come.

Since it was established, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has helped to save some 20 million people.

Its example of working for countries, communities and groups most in need provides a firm foundation for the new era of opportunity that began this year.

12 August 2016, Calgary

Remarks at the University of Calgary: "A Call to Youth: The United Nations and Canada in a Changing World"

It is a great honour to be here. Thank you for coming out in summertime.

I have always wanted to visit Calgary. I thought about coming in April to celebrate the last day of classes. The problem is: I look terrible in Bermuda shorts!

Unfortunately, I am too late for the Calgary Stampede.

And I arrived on a Friday morning – so I missed Thursden!

I will have to come back to catch these traditions.

They are fun – but more than that, they show Calgary’s strong sense of community.

Today, I encourage you to see our world as your community.

10 August 2016, Los Angeles, California

Remarks at a discussion with Congressman Ed Royce

Good afternoon and thank you for your welcome. This day has been a long time coming. I have worked closely with Chairman Royce through the years. He has hosted me several times on Capitol Hill.

It is good to finally have this chance to be together in California. I am sorry that it’s not in Orange County, but he has brought his district here!

I know that serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee may seem like a very foreign assignment to constituents back home.

10 August 2016, Los Angeles, California

Remarks to Back-to-School Event for Resettled Refugee Children

Good afternoon everyone.  Thank you for your welcome.  I am honoured to be with you.

I thank Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation for hosting this event and for engaging Americans on the refugee crisis through their exhibit REFUGEE. 

I also want to recognize the UN Association of the United States, the International Rescue Committee, and all the partners with us today – including Ido Leffler of Yoobi.  

Representative Ted Lieu, thank you for joining us – and for your leadership in Congress and here in California.  

08 August 2016, Buenos Aires

Remarks at press encounter with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina

Muchas gracias, Señor Presidente [Macri], Señores y Señoras de la media, buenos días y mucho gusto. Quisiera agradecer al Presidente Macri, a la Canciller Malcorra y al pueblo de Argentina la cálida bienvenida que me han brindado.

Me siento profundamente honrado de estar en Argentina, en mi tercera visita a su hermoso país.

08 August 2016, Buenos Aires

Remarks to Argentine Council for International Relations

Buenos días. 

This is my third visit to Argentina as Secretary-General.  

I am pleased to be with you in this landmark year. 

¡Felicitaciones a la República Argentina en el bicentenario de su independencia!   
[Congratulations to the Republic of Argentina on the bicentennial of your independence]

I thank the Council for International Relations for inviting me.

I value the Council’s important research, analysis and advocacy on international peace and security.