03 April 2008, Bucharest

Opening comments at press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, following the high-level meeting on Afghanistan

I am very pleased to be here with you today. As you know, our purpose in Bucharest is to reaffirm the determination of the international community to help the people and the Government of Afghanistan to build an enduring, stable and prosperous democratic state, fully respecting human rights and free from terrorism.

03 April 2008, Bucharest

Remarks to Conference on Afghanistan

It is an honour to address you. Let me start by paying tribute to President Hamid Karzai and by commending the unwavering commitment shown by NATO and the member States present here to peace, security and development in Afghanistan. The United Nations fully shares this commitment: we shall not leave Afghanistan as long as we are needed by the Afghan people.

03 March 2008, Geneva

Remarks to the Opening of the Seventh Session of the Human Rights Council

Monsieur le Président,

Monsieur le Directeur général,

Madame la Haut-Commissaire,

Mesdames et Messieurs les membres du Conseil des droits de l'homme,

Mesdames et Messieurs les ministres,

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis honoré d'être parmi vous au début de cette septième session. Cette année sera déterminante pour les droits de l'homme partout dans le monde. Nous allons chercher à renforcer l'action du Conseil et célébrer le soixantième anniversaire de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme.

24 January 2008, Davos

Address as prepared for delivery to the Davos World Economic Forum

The challenge of securing safe and plentiful water for all is one of the most daunting challenges faced by the world today.

Until only recently, we generally assumed that water trends do not pose much risk to our businesses. While many countries have engaged in waste-water treatment and some conservation efforts, the notion of water sustainability in a broad sense has not been seriously examined.

Our experiences tell us that environmental stress due to lack of water may lead to conflict and would be greater in poor nations.

23 January 2008, Geneva

Opening remarks at news conference

Bonjour, Mesdames et Messieurs de la presse, Monsieur Daniel Pruzin, Président de l’ACANU à Genève. D’abord, mes meilleurs vœux de santé et de bonheur pour cette année 2008. Je suis heureux d’être de nouveau avec vous ici, à Genève.

Une ombre pèse pourtant lourdement sur cette première rencontre de l’année. Mesdames et Messieurs, si vous me permettez, je vais continuer en anglais.

23 January 2008, Geneva

Remarks to the launch of the 2008 Consolidated Appeal

It is a privilege to participate in the 2008 Consolidated Appeal kick-off by addressing you, the pre-eminent supporters of the global humanitarian community. Your generosity has saved countless lives while giving hope to many millions more.

We are here today on behalf of people the world has all too often forgotten: the weak; the disadvantaged; those suffering the effects of climate change, violence, disaster and disease. The people we seek to help are among the world’s “bottom billion” trying to survive on less than a dollar a day, amid chaos and wrenching inequality.

23 January 2008, Geneva

Statement to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

I welcome this opportunity to address the opening of the Conference on Disarmament’s 2008 session. I am here to spotlight the priorities of disarmament and non-proliferation –- and to underscore my conviction that this institution can advance both goals.

Today I am going to speak about what is at stake for this body. The Conference on Disarmament has accomplished a great deal -– but its successes are distant memories.

23 January 2008, Geneva

Remarks to the memorial ceremony for United Nations colleagues who perished in the Algiers bombing

I stand before you today humbled in tribute to the colleagues we have lost. Humbled by their courage, dedication and sacrifice. Humbled before their loved ones, who have lost so much and who have bravely travelled long distances to be with us today. Humbled by the task of doing justice to the memory of our irreplaceable friends.

The truth is, we can never really do justice to those we have lost. We can only miss them and mourn them. We can only unite in grieving for what is too hard to endure alone.

15 January 2008, Madrid

Remarks at the inauguration of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum

Prime Minister Zapatero,

Prime Minister Erdoðan,

High Representative Sampaio


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am moved and honoured to be here. This is an extraordinary gathering of leaders from every all sphere -- politics, religion, the media, the private sector and civil society.

17 November 2007, Valencia

Address to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) upon the release of its fourth assessment synthesis report

Dr. (Rajendra) Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Mr. Michel Jarraud (Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization)

Mr. Achim Steiner (Executive Director of UN Environment Programme)


Ladies and gentlemen,

Buenos Dias.

I am delighted to join you for the release of the synthesis report of the IPCC fourth assessment.