08 October 2016, Reykjavik

Address to the Arctic Circle Assembly

It is an honour to receive this Climate Sustainability Award. I accept it on behalf of the many people in and beyond the United Nations who have been part of the very active climate diplomacy over the past several years that produced the historic Paris Agreement. I am gratified that we worked together to produce something that can make our world safer and more sustainable, especially for future generations.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be back in Iceland.

07 October 2016, Hamburg

Remarks upon receiving the National German Sustainability Award

I am delighted to be once more in Germany, particularly in this beautiful City of Hamburg. I thank you for this prestigious award.

It is truly an honour to be recognized alongside so many distinguished pioneers of sustainability.

I gratefully accept this award on behalf of hardworking United Nations staff.

The organization I am proud to serve has worked for decades to promote the principles and practices of sustainable social, economic and environmental development.

This is, quite simply, an imperative for people, planet, peace and prosperity.

07 October 2016, Hamburg

Remarks at ceremony commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Guten Tag. [Good afternoon] 

I am deeply honoured to join you today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea under the UN convention on the Law of the Sea. 

I thank the President of the Tribunal, Vladimir Vladimirovich Golitsyn, for inviting me, and His Excellency Mr. Joachim Gauck, Federal President of Germany, and Honourable Mr. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of the City of Hamburg, for their warm welcome. 

06 October 2016, Rome

Remarks to the press following a working lunch hosted by President Sergio Mattarella of Italy

Buon giorno!

E un vero piacere essere ancora una volta a Roma, specialmente con il Presidente Mattarella. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have just had very productive meeting with President Mattarella. Earlier today I also met with the President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, and the President of the Chambers of Deputies, Laura Boldrini. 

We discussed some of the most pressing issues on the international agenda, including Syria, Libya and the refugee and migrant crisis. 

05 October 2016, Vatican City

Remarks on "Sport at the Service of Humanity"

Your Holiness Pope Francis, 
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to be here with you. I thank The Holy See and the International Olympic Committee for their vision in uniting people of all faiths and cultures through sport.

Your Holiness, you are a committed advocate on behalf of our planet, particularly through your Encyclical on Care for Our Common Home. You have spoken up time and again for the most vulnerable. I deeply appreciate your moral leadership and humanitarian vision. 

05 October 2016, Brussels

Comments to the press on entering the Brussels conference on Afghanistan

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

05 October 2016, Brussels

Remarks to the Brussels conference on Afghanistan

Thank you your Excellencies
Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,
Excellency CEO Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan
Excellencies President.Donald Tusk and Madame Federica Mogherini of the European Union
Excellencies, honourable ministers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

We are here to reaffirm our long-term partnership with the people of Afghanistan for peace, inclusive growth and sustainable development. ;

04 October 2016, Strasbourg

Opening remarks at joint press conference following the European Parliament session on the Paris Agreement on climate change

I would like to most especially thank and commend your global leadership in having this European Union approved fast track ratification process and it is truly an honour to be able to witness the historic moment.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the media,

04 October 2016, Strasbourg

Remarks at the European Parliament on the Paris Agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a session of the European Parliament during which parliamentarians voiced their support for the speedy ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Thank you for the privilege of once again addressing the distinguished members of the European Parliament.

I was not originally planning to come to Strasbourg but I diverted my travel to address you at this crucial time on the importance of Europe’s ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I deeply appreciate your leadership and engagement.

The European Union has a long and proud record of leadership on climate change, the defining challenge of our time.

03 October 2016, Geneva

Address to the students and faculty of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID)


Je suis très heureux d’être parmi vous ce soir.

Merci de votre accueil très chaleureux.

Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier les organisateurs de cette manifestation: le Club diplomatique, le Forum suisse et l’Institut de hautes études. C’est la quarante-deuxième fois que je me rends en Suisse en dix ans, soit une fois toutes les quatorze semaines en moyenne. Cela fait de Genève ma destination la plus fréquente, de loin, et ce pour de bonnes raisons.