Americas

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.

24 October 2015, New York

Remarks for unveiling of "Enlightened Universe"

Welcome to this celebration of United Nations Day!

The United Nations is 70 years old today. For seven decades, the United Nations has served as a beacon of hope for people the world over.

As we mark this milestone, we have the honour to join in the unveiling of an installation, Enlightened Universe, created by the renowned Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarrón.

This structure behind us depicts the great hope that all of us have invested in the United Nations.

23 October 2015, New York

Remarks at Empire State Building lighting ceremony

Ms. Penny Abeywardena, NYC Commissioner for International Affairs,
Mr. Joseph Bellina, General Manager of the Empire State Building,
Distinguished artists Lang Lang and Ms. Kang Min-kyung and Ms. Lee Hae-ri
of Davichi,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am proud and honoured to be here today with all of you.

The Empire State Building is one of the most important landmarks in the world.

The United Nations is the ‘Parliament of Humanity’.

Today we come together.

10 October 2015, Lima

Remarks at 2015 Small States Forum

I am pleased to be with you.

Your membership is varied, but you share many common challenges.

For those of you that are Small Island Developing States, the Third International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa, last year marked the beginning of a journey that took us to Sendai, Addis Ababa, and New York.

For those that are least developed or landlocked countries, Istanbul and Vienna provided equally significant milestones.

The culmination of these journeys was the adoption of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

10 October 2015, Lima

Remarks at international stakeholders’ roundtable meeting for the Middle East and North Africa region

I welcome the initiative of the World Bank Group in convening this meeting.

I commend President Kim for his commitment to promoting closer partnership between our two institutions in pursuit of peace and sustainable development.

I welcome, too, the engagement of the Islamic Development Bank.

The world today is witness to higher levels of conflict than a decade ago, and the highest level of forced displacement since the Second World War.

The drivers of violence and instability are more complex and more intractable than ever.

10 October 2015, Lima

Remarks at Development Committee Ministerial lunch “Investing in Evidence”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is explicit about the need for quality, accessible and timely data.

Data are the basis for sound decision-making.

They are fundamental to the implementation and success of the Agenda.

The Millennium Development Goals have demonstrated the benefits of monitoring a set of concrete and time-bound goals with statistically robust indicators.

They have shown the value of using data to galvanize development efforts, implement successful targeted interventions, track performance, and improve accountability.

10 October 2015, Lima

Remarks at Development Committee meeting: World Bank Group support for 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

I thank the World Bank Group for convening this meeting.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is centred on people.

It addresses the structural factors that have hindered poverty eradication, inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Its motto is “Leave no one behind”.

Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals with 169 targets aim to promote prosperity and well-being for everyone, everywhere, on a healthy planet

The Agenda addresses Means of Implementation through a dedicated SDG and through targets under each goal.

10 October 2015, Cochabamba

Remarks at Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life

Thank you for your warm welcome.

Es un gran placer estar de vuelta en Bolivia, en el corazón de Sudamérica.

[It is a great pleasure to be back in Bolivia, in the heart of South America].

Anchatapuni Kusikuni kay jatun llajtaman chayayta. [I am very happy to be in this great land.]

I am pleased to be here to participate in the Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life.