Americas

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.

09 October 2015, Lima

Remarks at joint press encounter with President Ollanta Humala Tasso of Peru

I have just had a productive and wide ranging meeting with President Humala.

I commended Peru for the country’s progress under the Millennium Development Goals, and urged the President to expend every effort in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We discussed the growing threat of climate change and the importance of success in reaching a meaningful, universal climate change agreement in Paris in December.

I thanked the President for Peru’s leadership on climate change, especially over the past year.

26 September 2015, New York

Remarks at the Global Citizens Concert

Hello Central Park!

Hello global citizens!

In your faces, I see a world of possibility.

You will be the first generation that ends global poverty.

You must be the generation to tackle climate change before it is too late.

And I am proud that you are committed to be the most determined generation to fight injustice.

Tonight, I ask for two actions:

First, the global goals for sustainable development are a promise from your leaders.

Hold them to it.

Demand that they deliver.

Second, tell everyone.

14 September 2015, New York

Remarks at the Church of the Holy Family

Thank you for this uplifting prayer service. The Church of the Holy Family is a true friend of the United Nations. We have mourned and rejoiced together many times over the years.

There is so much to grieve about now.

War is driving millions of people from their homes. Violent extremists are killing in the name of religion. They bring immense suffering to people – and great shame to the faiths they claim to represent.

This prayer services is an answer to the bigots, extremists and terrorists who try to divide communities.

04 August 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to Press following meeting with H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America

Thank you, Mr. President [Barack Obama], for your warm welcome to the Oval Office again.

I had an extremely constructive meeting with President Obama this time on the eve of a truly historic General Assembly in September, and in the aftermath of all these very historic diplomatic achievements that President Obama and the US government have been making in many areas like the Iranian nuclear deal and normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and his recent very successful visit to Africa. And all these are truly historic diplomatic achievements.

03 July 2015, Bridgetown

Opening remarks at press encounter in Barbados

Good afternoon.

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Thank you for taking the time.

It is wonderful to visit Barbados once again. This is my second time as Secretary-General of the United Nations and to have the privilege of attending a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit for my again second time as Secretary-General.

I have had a short but full visit – including very productive discussions with the Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart [of Barbados], and other government leaders yesterday.

Today I had some bilateral meetings with the leaders of the region.