15 July 2008, Berlin

Address at event on "Responsible Sovereignty: International Cooperation for a Changed World"

Thank you, Minister Steinmeier, for your most generous introduction.

High Representative Solana,


Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to be with you. I commend the organizers -- Managing Global Insecurity and the Bertelsmann Foundation -- for convening this forum on responsible sovereignty, one of the defining challenges of the 21st century.

13 July 2008, Paris

Closing Remarks at the Launch of the Union for the Mediterranean

Monsieur le Président,

Mesdames et Messieurs, Chefs d'Etat et de Gouvernement,

Nous avons eu aujourd'hui un débat très constructif et stimulant, qui a mis en lumière le rôle singulier joué par la Méditerranée – sur les plans stratégique, historique, culturel, commercial et politique.

13 July 2008, Paris

Remarks at the Thematic Segment of the Launch of the Union for the Mediterranean

Monsieur le Président,

Chefs d'Etat et de Gouvernement,

Mesdames et Messieurs,

C'est un grand plaisir pour moi de me joindre à vous à l'occasion du lancement de l'Union pour la Méditerranée. Cette nouvelle initiative promet de jeter une passerelle entre des régions diverses et dynamiques, et d'établir des liens entre des défis intersectoriels cruciaux.

Je salue President Sarkozy pour son initiative.

16 June 2008, London

Remarks to the International Maritime Organization

Mr. Secretary-General of IMO,

Madame Secretary of State, the right honourable Ruth Kelly,

Minister of Shipping, Mr. Fitzpatrick,

Excellencies, members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished delegate,

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to thank you for your warm welcome and kind introduction by Mr. Mitropoulous.

16 June 2008, London

Remarks to the Unveiling of the BBC Memorial to Slain Journalists

Sir Michael Lyons, BBC Chairman,

Mr. Mark Thomson, Director General of the BBC,

Family members, members of the journalists,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great privilege for me to be here tonight to dedicate this important memorial. I was very much moved by meeting the families whose dear family members have been killed during their official duties reporting.

13 June 2008, London

UNA-UK address on "Securing the Common Good: The United Nations and the Expanding Global Agenda"

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be back in London and to join so many distinguished friends of the United Nations in this magnificent hall.

Lord Hannay, let me thank you for your generous introduction. You began it by alluding to my baptism by fire. I know what you mean.

12 June 2008, Paris

Remarks to the Conference on Afghanistan

President Sarkozy,
President Karzai,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to thank President Sarkozy for hosting this conference. The timing is appropriate: we are at the mid-point of the Afghanistan Compact, and at the launch of the Afghan National Development Strategy.

04 June 2008, Rome

Opening remarks at press briefing on Food Security

Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media.

03 June 2008, Rome

Address at High-level Conference on World Food Security

Your Excellency President Giorgio Napolitano,

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Your Excellency Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi,

Honourable Jacques Diouf,

Director-General of the FAO,

Honourable Ministers,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,