Middle East

22 July 2014, Tel Aviv

Remarks to the press with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Thank you, Minister Ya’alon. Shalom.

Thank you very much for your time and welcoming me.

This is my third visit to Israel and the region in five years for an emergency mission. I have been visiting Israel many times but this time again I am coming with a heavy, heavy heart.

I fully appreciate the legitimate security concerns of the Israeli Government and people. You have a duty and responsibility to protect your citizens from indiscriminate rocket firings from Gaza by Hamas and Islamist jihadists. This is unacceptable. I strongly condemn that.

22 July 2014, Ramallah

Opening remarks to the press with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah of the State of Palestine

Assalaam alaikum.

Good evening.

Thank you for your very generous and warm welcome and hospitality by your Cabinet.

It is a tremendous honour to be with you today. I look forward to my first Iftar in the State of Palestine.

It is good to be in Ramallah once again, and I always come with great pleasure.

But this time, I am here with a grieving heart.

22 July 2014, Ramallah

Briefing to the Security Council in the situation in Gaza (by video conference)

Thank you for this honour of briefing you from Ramallah, and I deeply apologise for being late because of my continuing engagement in Israel. I have just arrived.

As you know, I am now well into my third day of an ongoing mission throughout the region. I want to thank the Security Council for its strong support for my efforts.

Ramallah is my fifth stop on a journey that has so far included Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt and Israel. I will continue on to Jordan and Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region if necessary.

22 July 2014, Tel Aviv

Remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Shalom.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mr. Prime Minister, thank you again for your warm welcome. It is always a pleasure to visit, for me, Israel, but this time I am standing with a very heavy, heavy heart.

As we speak, rockets from Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to be fired on Israel. I have just seen myself with the Prime Minister all kinds of rockets fired by Hamas on to the heads of all of these people and the neighbourhoods where many people are living.

21 July 2014, Cairo

Press remarks prior to meeting wtih US Secretary of State John Kerry

I am very pleased to be joined by you.

Our joint efforts will, I hope, make a great contribution to ongoing mediation efforts by the parties in the region to end the violence. I would like to thank [United States] Secretary [of State John] Kerry for his active engagement and tireless commitment for the peace and security in the Middle East and, in particular, in Gaza and Israel.

Our joint efforts are rooted in three mutually reinforcing efforts.

21 July 2014, Cairo

Opening remarks to the press with the Foreign Minister of Eqypt

Assalamu Alaikum. Good evening.

I am very pleased to visit Egypt as again as SG and I am very much pleased to visit Egypt so soon after the inauguration of President [Abdel Fattah Al] Sisi as President of Egypt and also [Foreign] Minister [Sameh Hassan] Shokry [Selim]. We have known each other a long time and I am very pleased to work together with Minister Shokry.

20 July 2014, Doha

Opening remarks to the press with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar

Assalam Alaikum. Good evening.

Your Excellency Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar,

Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. Thank you for your time to meet me at this late hour. I appreciate His Highness the Amir for his hospitality.

It is always a pleasure for me to visit the State of Qatar, but this time I come to the Middle East with a very heavy heart.

The people of the region are living through tense and trying times.

Too many innocent civilians are dying.

05 May 2014, Abu Dhabi

Remarks at closing plenary session of the "Abu Dhabi Ascent"

Secretary-General Ban addresses the "Abu Dhabi Ascent" climate change conference where he called for urgent action, warning, "The longer we delay, the more we will pay." UN Photo/E. Debebe

We have had a busy two days.

They have been informative and inspiring.

I thank you all for engaging.

Now the hard work begins.

In the coming months, I will count on the wisdom and initiative of all actors.

Those who are prepared to lead can expect considerable returns.

The business opportunities of the low-carbon economy are great.

The social and environmental benefits for countries in all regions are yet to be realized.

Now is the time for visionaries and those who are prepared to act to step forward.

04 May 2014, Abu Dhabi

Opening remarks at press conference at "Abu Dhabi Ascent" meeting

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to thank His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and the Government of the United Arab Emirates for hosting this very important meeting, the Abu Dhabi Ascent, and for their strong leadership and commitment. Particularly, I commend the visionary leadership of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber for leading this meeting.

We are here because change is in the air.

We know that climate change is costing us dearly.

04 May 2014, Abu Dhabi

Remarks at the opening of the Plenary of the "Abu Dhabi Ascent"

I thank the United Arab Emirates for hosting this important meeting and for being pioneers on the journey to a low-carbon future.

It is the future we need and we have to lay the foundations by today.

We have little time to lose.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time.

The effects are already widespread, costly and consequential -- from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the wealthiest.