Americas

12 April 2016, Connecticut

Remarks to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Strategies

It is a great pleasure to be here again at Yale, and to take part in this United Nations Global Colloquium. I am inspired to be among some of the most distinguished academics in the world, and to connect your groundbreaking research with the global diplomacy of the United Nations.

I was energized and inspired by our previous meetings which covered maternal health, empowering young people, and harnessing new technologies to meet global challenges.

06 April 2016, Los Angeles

Remarks upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Loyola Marymount University

Thank you so much for your warm welcome.

It is a pleasure to be here at Loyola Marymount University. I would like to express my great appreciation for this honorary degree. I know you are recognizing not just me, but also the United Nations. Thank you for this vote of support for our efforts to advance peace, development and human rights across the world.

I thank my good friend Professor Tom Plate for his kind introduction. My connection with LMU starts with him.

05 April 2016, Los Angeles

Address to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for your warm welcome.

It is a pleasure to be making my sixth visit to California as Secretary-General.

I visit often because California is a hub of global action, from commerce to culture to climate change. But I must confess that, as a big fan of action movies, the sight of the Hollywood sign up in the hills is almost as exciting as seeing the UN’s blue flag each day at our Headquarters in New York!

I thank the good friends of the United Nations who have made tonight’s gathering possible.

17 March 2016, New York

Remarks at the 47th Annual Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture

Dr. Ricardo R. Fernandez, President of Herbert H. Lehman College, Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Provost of Lehman College, Dr. Mary Pearl, Interim Dean for the Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York, Dr. Una Clarke, Trustee of the City University of New York, Distinguished Faculty, Dear students,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to deliver the 47th Annual Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture.

It is great to be in the Bronx. I have only one regret: The Yankees are still in Florida for spring training!

13 February 2016, Montreal

Remarks at Centre for Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence

I thank the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence for inviting me to see its important work first-hand.

The focus on preventing violent extremism is critical. This is one of the gravest threats in our world today – and it demands innovative, effective and dignified responses.

I am very interested in your approach. You are focused on helping individuals and families before the problems escalate. This is compassionate and effective.

12 February 2016, Montreal

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal

Monsieur le maire,
Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je remercie M. Corderre et les Montréalais de leur accueil chaleureux.

Je suis très heureux d’être de retour à Montréal, ville internationale qui incarne l’esprit des Nations Unies.

Je suis très reconnaissant à Montréal d’être la ville hôte d’une de nos institutions spécialisées, l’Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale, ainsi que de plusieurs autres entités des Nations Unies.

Mr. Mayor,
Ladies and gentlemen,

12 February 2016, Montreal

Remarks at the International Civil Aviation Organization Council

It is a pleasure to be back at the International Civil Aviation Organization. I have very happy memories of joining you here in Montreal in 2004, when I attended the 35th ICAO Assembly as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea.

ICAO has always had a special place in the international community, linking us all and enabling us to travel the world safely and with confidence.

ICAO is now addressing some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda.

12 February 2016, Montreal

Keynote address at McGill University - "Threats and Opportunities: The Power of Young People to Shape a New Future"

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for your warm welcome.

I have come to Montreal from New York – and tonight the Montreal Canadiens are in New York to play the Buffalo Sabres.

I am a diplomat so I should not take sides in any situation, including a hockey game – but let me just say: Go, Habs, go!

Ladies and gentlemen,

McGill has sent many people onto the world stage.

11 February 2016, Ottawa

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

Monsieur le Premier Ministre,
Mesdames et Messieurs,

C’est la cinquième fois que je viens au Canada depuis que je suis Secrétaire général. C’est la première fois depuis que M. Trudeau est Premier Ministre. Nous venons d’avoir des échanges très constructifs sur toute une série de questions importantes. Nous avons parlé des changements climatiques, des opérations de paix, du développement durable et de la situation des migrants et des réfugiés. Nous avons également parlé des points chauds de la planète, dont la Syrie.

06 February 2016, New York

Remarks at Park East Synagogue Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Shabat Shalom.

Peace to you all.

Thank you, Rabbi Schneier, for your kind words and friendship.

This will be my last opportunity to take part in this ceremony as Secretary-General.

Each year, I deeply value the opportunity to join your congregation to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

I wish to pay special tribute to the survivors with us today. Thank you for sharing your stories.

I will always be haunted by all that I saw and heard when I visited Auschwitz in 2013.