Americas

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. 

04 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro

Remarks to Refugee Olympic Team

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with the Olympic Refugee Team at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UN Photo/Mark Garten

I know you have had very sad, terrible stories and experiences, but you are a source of inspiration for all of us. Your stories are very sad but, at the same time, you can be a source of hope for many people. 
 

04 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro

Remarks at the International Olympic Committee President's dinner

I would like to thank President Bach and the International Olympic Committee for their kind invitation and leadership in organizing the 31st Olympic Games.

I also want to thank the people and government of Brazil, particularly the citizens of Rio, for their warm welcome and cooperation to help make the Rio Olympics a great success.

This special dinner brings together leaders from the worlds of government, business, the media, science, culture and sport.

30 June 2016, Chicago

Remarks at the Lions Clubs International Convention

I am delighted to send greetings to the Lions Clubs International on the occasion of your 100th anniversary celebration.

The United Nations deeply values our collaboration with Lions Clubs International.  Our relationship dates back to the adoption of the United Nations Charter more than 70 years ago in San Francisco, when Lions Clubs helped to formulate the non-governmental section of our founding document.

23 June 2016, Havana

Remarks at the signing of the bilateral ceasefire agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia, shakes hands with Timoleón Jiménez, Commander of the FARC-EP, at the ceremony in Havana for the signing of a ceasefire. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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Excelentísimo Señor Raúl Castro Ruz, Presidente de Cuba,
Excelentísimo Señor Juan Manuel Santos, Presidente de Colombia,
Distinguidos Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno,
Excelencias,
Señor Timoleón Jiménez,
Excelentísimo Mogens Lykketoft, Presidente de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas
Excelentísimo François Delattre, Presidente del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas
Distinguidos miembros de la comunidad diplomática y honorables huéspedes,
Señoras y señores,