Middle East

25 March 2016, Tripoli

Press remarks at Qobbeh Social Development Centre

Dear officials, dear colleagues, Assalam Alekum to all. It is a great pleasure for me to open this Social Development Centre.

I am very happy to see that the UN system, UNDP, UNICEF and UNRWA and all other organizations are working very closely with the community leaders to provide education, vocational training, sanitation support and some psychological support, and also a safe place to watch our women and children there. This is a very important place.

25 March 2016, Tripoli

Remarks to the press at Nahr El-Bared camp

I am standing here in Nahr El-Bared camp. I have been working [on this issue] since 2007 when I took over my job as Secretary-General. This has been one of the top priorities for me, working together with the then Prime Minister Siniora.

Now after nine years, well, I’m seeing that almost half of the reconstruction has been made, but still there are so many people waiting to return to their homes. I just met some family members, the lady was crying, I tried to sympathize and console her, but no words can satisfy her, and no words [are enough]. I am very sad.

24 March 2016, Beirut

Remarks at media stakeout after meeting the Lebanese Armed Forces, UNIFIL and the International Support Group

Good afternoon, everyone.

First, I would like to express my deepest condolences for the death of a Lebanese soldier today in Wadi Rayan, in the outskirts of Arsal near the Syrian border.

This bomb attack underlines the importance of international support for the Lebanese Armed Forces, to fight terrorism and to shield Lebanon from turmoil in the region.

24 March 2016, Beirut

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President of the Council of Ministers, Tammam Salam, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Ahmad Al-Madani

Mr. Prime Minister, Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Good afternoon everyone. Salam Aleykum,

I am very pleased to be back in Lebanon. The United Nations has a major presence here and I thank Lebanon’s leaders for the support they have extended to our Organization.

Before I talk about my visit, I would like to express my deepest condolences for the death of a Lebanese soldier today in Wadi Rayan, in the outskirts of Arsal near the Syrian border.

01 February 2016, Muscat

Address to the National Defense College of Oman, “The United Nations and Conflict Prevention in a Changing World”

I am honoured to be in Oman for the second time as Secretary-General, and to address the National Defense College.

I thank His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Government and people of Oman for their warm welcome.

Before I start, I would like to say a few words about the talks convened by my special envoy, Staffan de Mistura, in Geneva, with the aim of ending the horrific five-year-long conflict in Syria. We are all extremely glad these talks have started. They are long overdue.

18 January 2016, Dubai

Remarks at launch of the High-Level Panel report on Humanitarian Financing

Today we launch a report that is critical to our global mission of leaving no one behind which is a main theme of the Sustainable Development Goals.

I am deeply grateful for the contributions of all the panel members, led by the co-chairs, Her Excellency Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President of the European Union, and His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah of Malaysia.

As this report points out, more than 120 million people live in constant distress, without jobs, food, water, shelter or health care.

18 January 2016, Abu Dhabi

Remarks to the World Future Energy Summit

Sustainable energy is the thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and our efforts to combat climate change.

So I am very happy to be here at the Future Energy Summit, as we celebrate last year’s landmark global agreements on the Sustainable Development Goals and on Climate Change in Paris.

The Paris Agreement is a triumph for people, the planet, and it is a triumph for multilateralism. For the first time, every country in the world pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change.

18 January 2016, Abu Dhabi

Opening remarks at Abu Dhabi Action Day

What a dynamic day!

I am so inspired by the presentations at the World Future Energy Summit this morning.

We saw examples of sustainable solutions around the world. I was especially impressed by the young people, young scientists. For example:

A high school in New Zealand building solar energy panels.

An academy in Korea creating rooftop gardens.

Teenagers in Somalia working on a new biogas system.

One Somali young woman said: “This is where I will put the solar panels – and it is where my future begins.”

17 January 2016, Dubai

Press remarks at the launch of the High-Level Panel Report on Humanitarian Financing

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

Salaam Alaikum.

I am delighted to be back in Dubai. I am also very much pleased to be here with Her Royal Highness Princess Haya [bint Al Hussein]. She is the President [Chairperson] of the International Humanitarian City – thank you for your contribution.

17 January 2016, Abu Dhabi

Remarks at International Renewable Energy Agency Debate

It is a great honour and a pleasure to return to IRENA, and to see so many old friends and colleagues.

IRENA’s time has come. We are living in the age of renewable energy.

I thank you and congratulate you for the vision, dedication and hard work that have helped to bring the world to this point.

Since I was last here in 2012, what enormous changes we have seen.

Everyone involved in energy—governments, the private sector, investors and financial institutions, cities, and people everywhere–has understood that we can no longer burn our way to global prosperity.