Ban Ki-moon

04 January 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General has been closely following recent developments in Somalia. He believes a new opportunity may exist for the Transitional Federal Government to establish its full authority in the country. He urges the transitional authorities to reach out to other groups in the country, with the aim of fostering dialogue and engaging in an all-inclusive political process that can lead to stability, peace and reconciliation, as envisaged in the Transitional Federal Charter.

03 January 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel in Sudan

We are deeply concerned by press reports of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel in Juba. The UN standard on this issue is clear -- zero tolerance, meaning zero complacency and zero impunity. In cooperation with the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS), we are looking into the substance of the press reports to determine if the allegations are new or are existing cases already under investigation.

03 January 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the death of Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The Secretary-General expresses his condolences for the death of Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), with whom he worked for peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula over the years.

The Secretary-General hopes that the death of Foreign Minister Paek does not, in any case, hinder the ongoing Six-Party Process or the way for North Korea’s foreign policy to open up to the international community.

02 January 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Burundi

The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of Burundi on the successful implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB), which concluded its activities on 31 December. With the support of ONUB and other international partners, democratic national elections were held in Burundi, new integrated national defence and police forces were established, and a ceasefire agreement was concluded between the Government of Burundi and the last armed group, Palipehutu-FNL.

02 January 2007, New York

Secretary-General's encounter with the UN press corps

SG: Happy New Year to you all.

I am very much delighted to see you out in full force, and I thank you very much for welcoming me most warmly.

I think I have met most of you during the last several months, either during the campaign process or the transition period. But only today, taking office as Secretary-General, I can see the full power of the UN press corps. I am very much overwhelmed by all this warm welcome and much attention you have shown to me. In fact, I am meeting all of you even before I meet my own staff.

14 December 2006, General Assembly

Address on Taking the Oath of Office in the General Assembly

I thank you warmly for your congratulations.  Madam President, Secretary-General Annan, let me say how much I appreciate your words of encouragement as I contemplate the responsibilities that lie before me.

I stand before all of you today deeply mindful of the words of the oath I have just taken.  Loyalty, discretion, conscience -- these, together with the Charter, will be my watchwords as I carry out my duties as Secretary-General.

13 October 2006, General Assembly

Acceptance speech on appointment as the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I stand before you, deeply touched and inspired by your generous words of congratulations and encouragement. With boundless gratitude for the confidence placed in me by the Member States, and with an unswerving resolve to honor that trust, I humbly accept the appointment as the 8th Secretary-General of this great Organization, our United Nations. I wish to extend my deepest respect and appreciation to all the leaders and peoples of the Member States for their strong support.