Europe

01 March 2016, Madrid

Opening remarks at press encounter with José Manuel García-Margallo Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain

Muchas gracias, Señor Ministro.

Señores y señoras, buenas noches.

Es un gran placer de estar en España.

Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad.

It is a great pleasure for me to be back in Madrid. I thank the Spanish government and people for their commitment to the ideals of the United Nations.

Through its current membership on the Security Council, Spain is helping the world to address the most urgent issues on the international agenda, as has been explained by Foreign Minister [José Manuel] García-Margallo.

29 February 2016, Geneva

Opening remarks at press encounter with Maestro Daniel Barenboim

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and Maestro [Daniel] Barenboim.

It is a pleasure for me to welcome today United Nations Messenger of Peace, Maestro Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

For the past nine years, Maestro Barenboim has used his extraordinary talent and commitment to promote peace and tolerance, the core values of our Organization, as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

29 February 2016, Geneva

Remarks to High-Level Panel Discussion at the Human Rights Council "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Human Rights"

It is a pleasure to be here in Geneva once again at the Human Rights Council.

This Council is a vital guardian of human rights. Your mechanisms give victims and human rights defenders a venue, a vehicle and a voice. Your reports draw the attention of the world to abuses committed in many countries and situations.

Your expanding programme is testament to the growing authority of your work over the past ten years.

The Council has shown flexibility and courage in dealing with difficult issues that other bodies have been reluctant to tackle.

05 February 2016, London

Address at event co-organized by the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom and Chatham House

It is a great honor and a very moving experience that I am standing on the same podium where 70 years ago our founding fathers of the United Nations were gathered to talk about the future of our world right after the terrible and tragic consequences of the Second World War.

04 February 2016, London

Opening remarks at joint press conference: Supporting Syria and the Region

Thank you, Prime Minister David Cameron. Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Never has the international community raised so much money on a single day for a single crisis.

04 February 2016, London

Opening remarks to the Conference Supporting Syria and the Region

Your Excellency Prime Minister David Cameron,
Your Excellency Chancellor Angela Merkel,
Your Excellency Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,
Prime Minister Erna Solberg,
Your Majesties and Royal Highnesses,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Honorable Ministers,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here.

This is the fourth time we have come together to show our solidarity with the people of Syria and the region.

03 February 2016, London

Remarks during visit to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Your Excellency Dr. Federico Trillo-Figueroa, Ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom and President of the IMO Assembly, Secretary-General Kitack Lim of IMO, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to visit IMO once again.

Let me first congratulate Mr. Kitack Lim on his assumption as Secretary-General of IMO in January this year.

Now there are two Korean Secretaries-General in the UN system!

03 February 2016, Cambridge

Address upon receiving Honorary Degree from the University of Cambridge

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge,
Distinguished Faculty Members,
Distinguished Guests,
Dear Students,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning.

22 January 2016, Zurich

Remarks at Zurich Development Conference

The United Nations office in Geneva is the second largest United Nations headquarters, only next to United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Thank you for all your strong support to the United Nations, including your very generous support for the Strategic Heritage Project which will make this very historic UN building sustainable and environmentally hospitable.

Switzerland is also the birthplace of international humanitarian law.

22 January 2016, Zurich

Opening remarks at press encounter with Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor of Switzerland

Thank you very much. I am happy to be back in Switzerland. We just had a very meaningful session at the Annual Conference of Swiss International Cooperation.

As I said in my speech, Switzerland is a very valuable Member State of the United Nations supporting the United Nations, the global values of peace, development and human rights, this is the birth place of international humanitarian law.