Europe

04 April 2009, Paris

Press encounter with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

Mesdames et messieurs,

Merci beaucoup Monsieur le Ministre, mon ami. Je suis comme toujours enchanté d'être en France et très content de cette occasion de m'adresser à vous.

As you may know, I am here to preside over a meeting of heads of the United Nations systems soon after the G20 meeting, and I thank you very much for this hospitality, even on a Saturday evening.

02 April 2009, London

Statement on the Group of 20 (G20) London Summit Outcome

I came to the London Summit with the clear message that the economic crisis is turning into a crisis of human development and security in many parts of the world – and that developing countries will need at least $1 trillion of support.

I am pleased that G20 leaders have committed themselves to a $1.1 trillion package. But it will be critical that the share of this going to the poorer countries is delivered.

The G20 leaders have reaffirmed previous commitments to increase aid and help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

01 April 2009, London

Remarks at the meeting on climate change and forests, hosted by H. R. H. the Prince of Wales

Your Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am grateful to His Royal Highness for gathering us here to discuss one of the gravest challenges of our day – climate change – and the role that sustainable forest management can play in abating that threat.

Let me say at the outset that I also wish to pay tribute to Prince Charles’ longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship.

31 March 2009, The Hague

Address to International Conference on Afghanistan

Prime Minister Balkenende,

President Karzai,

Distinguished Ministers,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful to the Government of the Netherlands for their efforts in convening this important Conference on Afghanistan. And I particularly thank Prime Minister Balkenende who was with us here a moment ago for his leadership and initiative

We are all aware of the great commitment of the Netherlands to Afghanistan and the sacrifices it has made in that effort.

27 March 2009, Moscow

Address to the Special Conference on Afghanistan convened under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Your Excellency Foreign Minister Lavrov,

of the Russian Federation,

Your Excellency Foreign Minister Spanta,

of Afghanistan

Honorable Ministers,

Excellencies,

It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you today to take part in this very important meeting on Afghanistan under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on combating terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and organized crime.

29 January 2009, Davos

Speech at World Economic Forum on "The Global Compact: Creating Sustainable Markets"

Excellencies, Distinguished Panelists, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be with you again in Davos.

This is my second visit as Secretary-General, and I must say that the mood is very different from the optimistic spirit of the past.

I've been calling this the year of multiple crises.

Economies are in trouble.

Trust in business and in markets has eroded.

People everywhere worry about their jobs and struggle to survive.

Yet amid these difficulties, we face another crisis.

29 January 2009, Davos

Plenary speech at World Economic Forum on "The Global Compact: Creating Sustainable Markets"

Excellencies, Distinguished Panelists, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be with you again in Davos.

This is my second visit as Secretary-General, and I must say that the mood is very different from the optimistic spirit of the past.

I've been calling this the year of multiple crises.

Economies are in trouble.

Trust in business and in markets has eroded.

People everywhere worry about their jobs and struggle to survive.

Yet amid these difficulties, we face another crisis.

29 January 2009, Davos

Remarks at event entitled "Managing our Future Water Needs"

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a pleasure to see you and pick up the conversation we began here in Davos one year ago.

Lately, I have taken to saying that the past year was one of multiple crises. We have the economic crisis, the food crisis, the energy crisis. To these we can add climate change.

All of these crises are still very much with us. They illustrate our world's vulnerability to the shock of diminishing resources.

And as you all know only too well, water is very much near the top of the list.

29 January 2009, Davos

Remarks at event entitled "Shaping the Climate Change Message" at the World Economic Forum

I understand that you have just been briefed by Sir Martin Sorrell.

The Climate Change Communication Initiative, undertaken by the International Advertising Association and the Global Advertising Industry, promises to be an unprecedented joint effort.

Imagine the giants of global ad industry, working as one! I am sure I speak for all in offering my thanks and encouragement.

Lately, I have taken to calling this a time of multiple crises. The economy. Volatile energy markets. War and humanitarian disasters.

28 January 2009, Valencia

Remarks at Signing Ceremony for the New UN Communications Infrastructure in Valencia, Spain

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to join you for this signing ceremony.

For a global organization such as the United Nations, the ability to communicate clearly, quickly and around the clock is crucial. For our peacekeeping operations, communications can be the difference between life and death.

That is why the United Nations General Assembly recently approved the establishment of a new global telecommunications facility for peacekeeping operations, to be built in Valencia.