02 June 2008, Rome

Remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Food Security in Haiti

Thank you, Minister Amorim, Distinguished Ministers, Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

29 May 2008, Stockholm

Opening remarks at press conference following the Annual Review Conference of the International Compact with Iraq

Good evening ladies and gentlemen of the media.

Thank you, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, for summing up, so simply, the meetings that we have had.

As Co-Chair of the International Compact with Iraq, along with Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, I am pleased to tell you that the Conference closed today with the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration.

Much has been accomplished since we met in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, a year ago to launch the International Compact with Iraq.

29 May 2008, Stockholm

Closing remarks at the Annual Review Conference of the International Compact with Iraq

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, we have now come almost to the end of today's proceedings. I regret that due to the large number of delegations, we were unable to hear all interventions. I urge those who wished to speak today, but could not do so due to time constraints, to submit the texts of their speeches to the United Nations Secretariat or to the host, so that they can be placed at the Compact web-site.

I now invite His Excellency, Mr. Nouri al Mailiki to make a brief closing statement. Excellency, you have the floor.

(Prime Minister al Maliki speaks.)

29 May 2008, Stockholm

Address to the first Annual Review Conference of the International Compact with Iraq

Prime Minister Reinfeldt, Prime Minister Al-Maliki, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to be here. As Co-Chair of the International Compact with Iraq, I thank all of you for joining us for this important meeting. Your participation is a clear sign of the international community's determination to stand in solidarity with the people and Government of Iraq as they go through their challenging transition.

29 April 2008, Bern

Opening statement at joint press conference on Global Food Crisis

Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media; Bonjour, Mesdames et Messieurs de la presse.

I am very pleased to be with you today, with my colleagues from the United Nations system, having just spent the last two days in a meeting of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) that I chair, and which comprises all the executive heads of the United Nations system organizations.

29 April 2008, Geneva

“Opportunity in Crisis” -- Inaugural lecture of the Geneva Lecture Series, sponsored by the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Ms. Micheline Calmy-Rey, Federal Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Mr. Laurent Moutinot, President of the State Council of Geneva,

Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze and Mr. Carlos Lopes,

co-conveners of this forum,


Distinguished guests,

25 April 2008, Vienna

Remarks at a forum on “The United Nations and the European Union: Joining Forces for the Challenges of the 21st Century”

It is a great pleasure for me to meet all of you today. I may not remember your names, but I know many of you. I hope at least you may recognize me by this time, if not by name, by face. I am in the process of promoting myself as Secretary-General [laughter]. Now, I will briefly talk about the partnership between the European Union and the United Nations. I think this topic is very timely, and I would really like to discuss it with you, as I believe that the United Nations partnership with the European Union is much more important than many may think.

25 April 2008, Vienna

Remarks to the inauguration ceremony of Conference Building M at the Vienna International Centre

Madame Foreign Minister,

Mr. Mayor,

Mr. Director-General of the IAEA,

Mr. Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to be here for the inauguration of this new M Building which Austria has so generously donated to the international community. The M Building is a simple name for a complex facility encompassing dozens of meeting rooms with the capacity to service up to fifteen hundred people.

10 April 2008, Moscow

Address at Moscow State University

Thank you so much for your award and high appreciation!

Dobry deen! Yab rad beet oo vas. I am profoundly grateful for the honour your celebrated institution has conferred upon me. Above all, I thank you for this moving expression of support for the United Nations on my first visit to Moscow as Secretary-General.

10 April 2008, Moscow

Remarks at Global Compact launch in Russia

Mr. Deputy Foreign Minister, Excellencies, Representatives of the business community, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to visit Moscow, and to help launch the Global Compact network in the Russian Federation.

Let me thank our local partners, especially the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, for helping make this event possible. The presence of so many leaders of the Russian business community augurs well for the future of the Global Compact in your country.