Europe

19 April 2016, The Hague

Remarks at UN World Class of 2016

Thank you for inviting me today.

I am honoured to be invited to address this unique initiative launched by Mayor van Aartsen.

I have come to The Hague to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice and to mark the opening of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court.

The Netherlands is rightly proud to host these important institutions.

They reflect the country’s long-standing commitment to freedom and human rights.

08 April 2016, Geneva

Remarks at Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Geneva Conference on preventing Violent Extremism. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Comme vous le savez, en janvier dernier, j’ai présenté à l’Assemblée générale un plan d’action pour la prévention de l’extrémisme violent. J’ai noté avec satisfaction l’appui vigoureux que celui-ci a reçu, et notamment la décision de l’Assemblée de l’approuver par consensus. Je me félicite également que vous soyez venus si nombreux ici aujourd’hui.

08 April 2016, Geneva

Opening remarks at press encounter with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

I am very much pleased to be joined by His Excellency Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

I want to sincerely thank the Swiss Government and Foreign Minister for co-hosting the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism.

I am greatly encouraged that so many Ministers and Heads of Regional and UN Organizations have come together to focus on solutions and share best practices to prevent violent extremism. We have had extremely productive discussions this morning.

30 March 2016, Stockholm

Opening remarks at joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Sweden

Your Excellency Prime Minister Löfven,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be back in Sweden for my fifth visit as Secretary-General.

I am grateful to the Prime Minister and the Government of Sweden for their warm welcome.

Most of all, I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Sweden for their outstanding efforts to safeguard and promote the values and objectives enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

30 March 2016, Stockholm

Remarks at Dag Hammarskjöld lecture: “Evolving Threats, Timeless Values: The United Nations In A Changing Global Landscape”

I thank the Government and people of Sweden for a very warm welcome.

It is a singular honour to be in this magnificent and legendary City Hall … among this most distinguished audience ... to deliver a lecture named for a towering hero of humanity.

Dag Hammarskjöld was Swede through and through, but he also belonged to the world.

I feel both privileged and humbled to be serving in the role he once filled so masterfully.

30 March 2016, Geneva

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and I have just taken part in an important meeting on sharing responsibility for Syrian refugees through pathways for admission.

We are all aware that there is no substitute for a comprehensive and credible political settlement in Syria, and we welcome signs of progress towards that end. My Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, has been doing everything possible to advance the negotiations. To achieve early results, he requires the full and unified support of the international community.

30 March 2016, Geneva

Remarks at opening of High-level meeting on Global Responsibility Sharing for Syrian Refugees

Thank you for taking part in this High-Level Meeting on Responsibility Sharing for Syrian refugees.

We are here to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time.

This demands an exceptional support from Member States. This demands an exponential increase in global solidarity.

Today we will discuss important numbers – but first and foremost, this meeting is about people.

08 March 2016, Bonn

Remarks at Special Event Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the UN Offices in Bonn

It is a great honour to be back in Bonn. Having had the privilege of inaugurating the World Conference Center last June, I am delighted to be with you to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Bonn as a UN City.

It takes a lot of vision, courage and stamina to develop a global centre like this. I congratulate all the people who have been involved in this great job.

08 March 2016, Berlin

Opening remarks at press conference with Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Ich freue mich sehr, als Generalsekretär zum neunten Mal Deutschland besuchen zu können.

[It is a pleasure to be making my ninth visit to Germany as Secretary-General].

07 March 2016, Baden-Baden

Address upon receiving German Media Award

Ich freue mich sehr, Baden-Baden zum ersten Mal besuchen zu dürfen. Ich bedauere, dass ich nicht die weltberühmten Thermalquellen erleben kann. Ich verspüre aber die Wärme, mit der Sie mich heute hier begrüßen, und danke Ihnen dafür!

[It is a pleasure to be visiting Baden-Baden for the first time. I regret that I will be unable to experience the world-famous hot springs. But I do feel the warmth of your welcome tonight; thank you!]