Europe

17 November 2007, Valencia

Remarks at the signing of the agreement between the Government of Spain and the United Nations on the Valencia logistics base

Buenos dias!

I want to thank the Government of Spain for its generous offer to host a new United Nations logistics base here in Valencia

I welcome the successful conclusion of negotiations the text of the agreement on the use of the premises. This agreement and other administrative agreements will need to be duly considered and approved by the United Nations General Assembly and the Government of Spain.

03 November 2007, Istanbul

Remarks at the expanded meeting of Iraq’s neighbours

I thank the Government of Turkey for hosting this gathering and for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us.

It is an honour for me to join you at this important meeting. I look forward to continuing and strengthening our joint efforts to promote peace, cooperation and well-being in Iraq and the region.

11 July 2007, London

Address at the Royal Institute of International Affairs

Thank you, Lord Hurd, for those kind words. It is an honour and pleasure to be here.

When I left Brussels yesterday, it was 12 degrees Celsius and hailing. Here, it was 25 degrees and sunny. Talk about climate change. I don't understand why you British are always complaining about the weather.

I confess I am also a little intimidated, Lord Hurd, at being moderated by a veteran statesman of your distinction.

10 July 2007, Brussels

Address to Inaugural Global Forum on Migration and Development

Monseigneur, [Prince Philippe of Belgium]

Prime Minister,

Excellencies,

Delegates

I am honoured to welcome you to the launch of this Global Forum -- a milestone in our work to understand the connection between international migration and development, and to harness the power of one to advance the other.

Let me express my deep appreciation to His Majesty King Albert of Belgium, who is recovering from a minor procedure and could not join us today. I wish him a speedy recovery.

06 July 2007, Geneva

Closing remarks at United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear friends,

It is my privilege to bring this remarkable Global Compact Leaders Summit to a close.

Over these two days, it has been heartening to see such a prominent group of leaders from business, Government, civil society, labour, academia and the United Nations, display such a deep and broad commitment to the principles of the Global Compact.

05 July 2007, Geneva

Address at the launch of the Development Cooperation Forum of the Economic and Social Council

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to take part in the official launch of the high-level Development Cooperation Forum of the Economic and Social Council.

As I look around this room today, I am heartened by the level and wide range of participation at this launch. It bodes very well for the future of this Forum and for its ability to deliver.

05 July 2007, Geneva

Opening remarks at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Dear friends,

It is an honour and a pleasure to welcome you to this United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit.

Let me thank every one of you for attending. Many of you have travelled great distances to be here. With participants attending from over 90 countries, this Summit is a truly global event -- even by UN standards.

03 July 2007, Rome

Address to the conference on justice and rule of law in Afghanistan

Let me begin by thanking my friend, Foreign Minister [Massimo] D'Alema, and the Government of Italy, led by Prime Minister [Romano] Prodi, for hosting this conference. This is my second trip to Rome as Secretary-General and, once again, I am overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome. I know it reflects Italy's commitment to a successful conference and to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.

02 July 2007, Geneva

Address to the High-Level segment of the Economic and Social Council

I am honoured to attend for the first time as Secretary-General this High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council.

Yours is a sacred mission: to lead the UN's worldwide work for human uplift and development.

This year, I believe you are better prepared than ever for this challenge. The Council has undertaken bold new initiatives to reenergize its functions and to rejuvenate its mission. As a result, it is well on it way to becoming the global hub for devising and overseeing development policies and practices.

08 June 2007, Heiligendamm

Opening statement at the G8 press conference

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen of the media.

I am very pleased to have this opportunity to express some of my views on this summit.

This has been an important Summit, with many fruitful discussions, both official and unofficial.

As you may agree, climate change dominated our agenda. This is only fitting. Climate change, and how we address this issue, is a defining issue of our era. It is also the main reason I came here.