Americas

26 June 2015, San Francisco

Remarks to Media after "Tech and Innovation CEO Roundtable: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals [SDG's]

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to visit San Francisco to celebrate the 70th anniversary of signing of the United Nations Charter, right here in San Francisco.

On this very happy occasion I had very good opportunity of meeting successful business leaders working in this area.

We are living in very difficult times while we are trying to shape a future development agenda in a sustainable way.

26 June 2015, San Francisco

Remarks at ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Charter of the United Nations

In San Francisco, Secretary-General Ban addresses a special ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Charter. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman and Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor of California; The Honorable Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco; Distinguished Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives, Consul Generals and members of the diplomatic and consular corps; Distinguished guests, including Malala Yousafzai; Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the founding of the United Nations -- the indispensable organization I am proud to serve.

26 June 2015, San Francisco

Remarks at Rocketspace Campus

Mr. Duncan Logan, CEO of Rocketspace,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to meet with you and to visit this dynamic entrepreneurship campus, where new technologies and creative business ideas are taking flight.

This campus is built on the premise that isolation is not an option.

Even the best startup ideas will only succeed if developed in networks, where resources and experiences are shared.

The number of very successful companies that began their journeys here speaks to the power of this approach.

26 June 2015, San Francisco

Remarks at Climate Leaders' Roundtable hosted by UNA/USA and the UN Foundation

Mr. Tom Steyer, Distinguished climate leaders,

I am pleased to meet with you today.

Climate change is at the top of the global agenda.

It is a key priority for President Obama and an issue receiving growing interest from Wall Street, as well as citizens, CEOs and cities – not least San Francisco.

I greatly appreciate the leadership represented in this room today.

The direct costs and growing risks from climate change are affecting the bottom lines of companies large and small, and influencing investor and corporate decision-making as never before.

16 May 2015, New York

Remarks at Manhattan Chamber Music Festival

Your Excellency Ambassador Edita Hrdá of the Czech Republic, Dear Maestro Gum Nanse, Mr. Ryu Jin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Poongsan Group, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening,

I am delighted to be here. It is wonderful to see so many distinguished colleagues and friends.

I sincerely thank Chairman Ryu and other Korean business leaders for sponsoring this exceptional Manhattan Chamber Music Festival. I applaud Maestro Gum and all the incredible musicians here tonight.

16 May 2015, Washington, D.C.

Commencement address at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service

Congratulations!

Please join me in saluting the families, friends and faculty who shared in your journey and achievement.

Thank you for this honorary degree. I humbly accept on behalf of the dedicated United Nations staff around the world, working day and night, for peace, development and human rights. This honour is for them.

Dear graduates,

I am at home at Georgetown.

Your list of graduates reads like a United Nations directory.

It includes so many people, particularly, among them, United Nations spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

01 May 2015, Greentree, New York

Opening remarks at high-level retreat with heads of regional and other organizations

I warmly welcome you all to this retreat. Thank you for having accepted my invitation to participate. I have just landed from Paris and Rome. I know many of you have also just arrived. I appreciate everyone’s participation.

18 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Global Citizen Earth Day concert

Happy Earth Day, Washington!

What a beautiful crowd!

You’ve heard great music and speeches all day.

Now I want to hear from you.

Will you support our global goal to empower women and girls?

It’s our last chance to slow global warming.

Will you speak up to get every child in school?

Will you raise your voice for people and our planet?

2015 is a time for global action.

It’s our best chance to end global poverty.

There is no Plan B because there is no Planet B.

18 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the Development Committee

Today marks the first time a United Nations Secretary-General has addressed the Development Committee, as well as the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

We meet at an unprecedented moment. 2015 is perhaps the most important year for development since the founding of the UN 70 years ago.

We have three powerful opportunities to put our world on a safer, more sustainable and equitable pathway and forge a successful post-2015 agenda.

18 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the International Monetary and Finance Committee

It is a great honour for me to participate for the first time as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Thank you for your very kind, even historic invitation. I will really cherish this honour. Thank you very much again.

We meet at a pivotal moment. 2015 is a time for global action for people and our planet Earth.

Sustainable development is our vision and mission.

This year, we have the opportunity to chart a course and a vision of sustainable development which is very ambitious – one that is both universal and adaptable to the conditions of each country.