24 May 2016, Istanbul

Opening remarks at press conference with President Erdogan of Turkey at the World Humanitarian Summit

Good afternoon, Your Excellency President Erdogan,
Ladies and gentlemen.

Merhaba. Degerli katilimcilar, hepiniz hosgeldiniz [Dear participants, welcome to all],

Let me begin by thanking His Excellency the President, the Government and people of Turkey for their hospitality, and for their role at the forefront of humanitarian action.

The World Humanitarian Summit has been a unique event, in form as well as substance.

I convened this Summit because we have reached a level of human suffering without parallel since the founding of the United Nations.

24 May 2016, Istanbul

Remarks to the closing ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit

This unique summit has set us on a new course.

It is not an end point, but a turning point.

I thank all of you who came to Istanbul with vision, ideas and commitment.

Governments, people affected by crisis, Non-Governmental Organizations, the private sector, United Nations agencies and other partners came together and expressed their support for the Agenda for Humanity and its five Core Responsibilities.

24 May 2016, Istanbul

Remarks to Mayors’ Focus Session on Cities’ Response to Migration at the World Humanitarian Summit

I thank Mayor Topbas and Istanbul Municipality for organizing this discussion.

As the world faces the greatest wave of urbanization in history, and levels of displacement not seen since the Second World War, cities are being called upon to respond to migration on a daily basis.

Some regions are disproportionately affected, but this is a truly global phenomenon.

Towns and cities here in Turkey are generously hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees.

24 May 2016, Istanbul

Remarks at the High-Level Roundtable on Natural Disasters and Climate Change at the World Humanitarian Summit

I call to order the High-level Leaders’ Roundtable on [Natural Disasters and Climate Change [GAVEL]

Welcome. I am honoured to serve as your Moderator.

I am pleased to be joined by the Co-Chairs of this roundtable,
His Excellency Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru,
His Excellency Mr. William Ruto, Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya,
His Excellency Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia,
His Excellency Mr. Kamal Thapa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal.

23 May 2016, Istanbul

Remarks to the High-Level Leaders’ Roundtable “Political Leadership to Prevent and End Conflict” at the World Humanitarian Summit

Millions of people all over the world are trapped in the terror of violent conflict.

They rely on world leaders here today to reaffirm and renew our commitment to humanity.

Violent conflict drives 80 per cent of humanitarian funding requests by the United Nations and our partners. It is the one overriding reason why these funding requests have increased by 600 per cent over the past 11 years, and now stand at more than $20 billion.

23 May 2016, Istanbul

Remarks to High-Level Round Table on Humanitarian Financing at the World Humanitarian Summit

Over the past decade, the gap between humanitarian needs and the funds available to meet them has grown to unprecedented levels.

This is not because the world cannot afford to help people in need.

Estimates put the total sum requested for humanitarian aid at about one per cent of global military spending.

Nor is it because people do not want to help each other.

Those who have the least often give the most. Some of the poorest countries in the world are hosting the highest numbers of refugees.

23 May 2016, Istanbul

Opening remarks at World Humanitarian Summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: UNOCHA

Welcome to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit.

I thank the Government of Turkey, as well as everyone involved in bringing us together today: Member States, people affected by crisis, development and humanitarian agencies, NGOs, the private sector, academia and many more.

We are all here because global humanitarian action is unprecedentedly strained.

I proposed this Summit four years ago out of concern for rising humanitarian needs and declining political will. Today, the urgency has only grown.

12 May 2016, Lisbon

Remarks at a meeting with Syrian students

I am so pleased to be with you.

I want to thank the Chairman of the Global Platform for Syrian Students, Jorge Sampaio, for his leadership and his longtime commitment to build bridges of understanding and inclusion among communities around the world.

I want to thank all of you for sharing your stories and experiences. I commend you for your strength and resilience. I am greatly saddened and appalled by all that we see in Syria –the tremendous loss of life, the massive destruction and displacement. The United Nations is doing everything in its power to end the fighting.

29 April 2016, Geneva

Remarks on receiving the Olympic Cup Award

President Bach,

I am deeply honoured to receive this Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the United Nations.

I sincerely thank you for this powerful recognition of the talented, dedicated and selfless women and men of our Organization. They work around the world and they work around the clock for a better future of all the people. I accept this on their behalf with deep gratitude.

This is the second time that the United Nations has received this distinction. It is a sign that our partnership is growing even stronger.

29 April 2016, Geneva

Remarks at the event entitled “Celebrating the Olympic Spirit”

Je suis très honoré de prendre part à la cérémonie d’aujourd’hui.

L’Organisation des Nations Unies est fière de travailler en partenariat avec vous en faveur d’un monde meilleur.

Here, at our Palais des Nations in Geneva, this flame represents the warm partnership between the United Nations and the International Olympic Movement.

This is the flame of passion that burns in the hearts of athletes and fans.

It is the eternal flame representing timeless values that can never be extinguished.