Americas

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,

13 June 2016, New York

Remarks at meeting with the pilots of the Solar Impulse

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of the Solar Impulse,
Mr. André Borschberg, Pilot of the Solar Impulse,
Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland,
Ladies and gentlemen,

What a delight to welcome the Solar Impulse to New York.

I have followed this audacious, historic and transformative expedition from day one.

In April, I also had the unique privilege of speaking with Dr. Piccard by video while he piloted the Solar Impulse across the Pacific.

09 June 2016, New York

Remarks at Wildlife Conservation Society Gala 2016

Mr. Cristián Samper, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society,
Mr. James J. Breheny, Executive Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Director of the Bronx Zoo,
Ms. Antonia M. Grumbach, Chair of the Board of the Wildlife Conservation Society,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank the Wildlife Conservation Society for inviting me to speak tonight.

08 June 2016, New York

Remarks at World Oceans Day event for Hokule'a

Your Excellency, Mr. Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, Mr. Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Ladies and gentlemen,

Happy Oceans Day!

I am delighted to be here to welcome the Hôkûle’a to New York.

On behalf of the United Nations: congratulations on arriving here!

This is my tenth year as Secretary-General so I have seen the United Nations from many angles. But I never had this view of our Headquarters.

Today I will speak briefly about perspective.

19 May 2016, New York

Remarks at the Honorary Degree Ceremony at Marymount Manhattan College

It is a pleasure to join you today. Thank you for this great honour. I know that, through me, you are also recognizing the United Nations and its diverse and dedicated staff. We are grateful for this expression of support for our ideals and for our work.

I have one question, though. I understand that one of Marymount’s theatre arts graduates has appeared in one of Broadway’s current smash hits.

Does that mean this honorary degree comes with two tickets to “Hamilton”?!

Thank you for welcoming me into the Marymount community.

18 May 2016, New York

Remarks at Columbia University Commencement

Thank you for this great honour. I know that, through me, you are recognizing the efforts of tens of thousands of men and women who work across the world for peace, development and human rights.

The United Nations treasures its partnership with Columbia University. We are not just neighbours in New York; we are allies across the world.

I want to share two simple and short messages.

First, despite the dangers we face, remember that you are graduating into an era of wondrous opportunity.

We are appalled by war crimes in Syria and elsewhere.

05 May 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Climate Action 2016

It is a great pleasure to be with you today.

Just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Never before have so many countries signed an international agreement in one day.

It is clear that the Paris Agreement enjoys overwhelming support from all regions.

Large emerging economies, high and middle income countries, and nations at all stages of development are saying they want a low-carbon future that can limit global temperature rise and underpin sustainable development.

02 May 2016, New York

Remarks at Tribeca Film Festival Reception for screening of "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2"

It is a pleasure to join you tonight.

I am a big fan of action movies. James Bond. Mission Impossible. Ocean’s 11 -- or is it now Ocean’s 15?! When I am not dealing with global crises, I watch others deal with danger and try to pick up a few ideas!

I have seen a lot of kung fu movies over the years. But Crouching Tiger was a sensation. I look forward to getting a chance to see the sequel.

I congratulate Michelle Yeoh on her appearance.

I also thank her for her outstanding work in the United Nations campaign for road safety.

16 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the 93rd meeting of the Development Committee

I am deeply honoured to once again have the opportunity to address the Development Committee. Last year, we focused together on the importance of ensuring the successful passage of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Thanks in large measure to your support, world leaders adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the 2030 Agenda -- with seventeen integrated and comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.