23 April 2009, Brussels

Opening remarks at press encounter following the International Conference in support of the Somalia Security Institutions and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

Thank you very much. First of all I would like to thank President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed for your participation. It has been a great pleasure for us to meet with you and to listen to your vision and I like to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks to all members of the international community for their strong support and generous contribution for peace and stability and development of the people of Somalia.

23 April 2009, Brussels

Remarks to the International Conference in support of the Somali security institutions and the African Union Mission in Somalia

President Barroso,

Commissioner Michel,

Chairman Ping,

High Representative Solana,

Secretary General Ihsanoglu,


Mr. Ould-Abdullah,

Dear Friends of Somalia,

Thank you for your participation.

On behalf of the United Nations system, I want to express my deepest thanks to all who have worked to make this conference a reality - the Government of Somalia, the African Union and the European Union.

Many actors, are here with one common purpose: securing peace for the people of Somalia.

22 April 2009, Valletta

Remarks upon receiving Honorary Degree from the University of Malta

Your Excellency Dr. George Abela, President of Malta, Your Excellency Mr. Lawrence Gonzi, Prime Minister of Malta, Honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Ms. Dolores Cristina, Professor Rizzo Naudi, Chancellor of the University, Professor Camilleri, Rector of the University,

Distinguished members of the faculty, Distinguished guests, Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to express my tremendous gratitude for this ceremony and for the honoris causa you have just bestowed on me.

22 April 2009, Valletta

Remarks to the House of Representatives in Malta

Honorable Speaker of the House, Mr. Louis Galea, Prime Minister Gonzi, Honorable Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Joseph Muscat, Honorable representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for this warm welcome. It is a great honour for me to come before you today.

Malta plays a dynamic and valuable role at the United Nations.

As an island nation, as a crossroads of people and commerce, as a democracy, your country is well positioned to promote global solidarity on many of the pressing issues of our times.

21 April 2009, Valletta

Remarks at unveiling of climate change monument at the International Maritime Law Institute

Professor Camilleri, [Rector, University of Malta], Dr. Borg, [Coordinator, Environmental and Planning Law Unit, Faculty of Laws], Distinguished Guests,

Faculty, Students,Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to join you for this ceremony. Thank you for this warm welcome.

I have been in Malta just a few hours. But even in that short time, I have been able to see the active and wide-ranging engagement of your country in the work of the United Nations.

Your contributions on climate change have been especially notable.

20 April 2009, Geneva

Opening remarks at joint press conference with High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay at the end of the first day of the Durban Review Conference

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you again.

One of the primary roles of the United Nations is to mobilize action against the pervasive violations of human rights that take place in every part of our world. The fight against racism has been a core part of that mandate since the Organization’s founding. And it is the evil of racism that I want you, as members of the media, to stress to your audiences.

20 April 2009, Geneva

Address to Durban Review Conference


Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

President of the Human Rights Council,

High Commissioner for Human Rights,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to be with you today and to open the Durban Review Conference.

There comes a time in the affairs of humankind when we must stand firm on the fundamental principles that bind us.

There comes a time to re-affirm our faith in fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of us all.

20 April 2009, Geneva

Statement on the remarks by the President of Iran at the Durban Review Conference

I deplore the use of this platform by the Iranian President to accuse, divide and even incite. This is the opposite of what this Conference seeks to achieve. This makes it significantly more difficult to build constructive solutions to the very real problem of racism.

It is deeply regrettable that my plea to look to the future of unity was not heeded by the Iranian President. At my earlier meeting with him, I stressed the importance of the Conference to galvanize the will of the international community toward the common cause of fight against racism.

06 April 2009, Istanbul

Address to Second Alliance of Civilizations Forum

Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip] Erdoðan, President of the Government [José Luis] Rodríguez Zapatero, High Representative [Jorge] Sampaio, Distinguished heads of State and Government, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is exciting to be here. To look out at all of you, is to see a very powerful coalition for progress.

Diplomats, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and religious leaders.

Scholars and CEOs.

Young people and civil society leaders.