Ban Ki-moon

 

14 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at concert by New York Philharmonic

Good afternoon, and thank you for being with us today.

This promises to be a wonderful concert in a very special venue. 

I am deeply grateful to the New York Philharmonic, its Music Director Alan Gilbert, the President of the New York Philharmonic, Matthew VanBesien, featured soloist Anthony McGill, and all the performers today.

I would also like to pay special tribute to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

He has stood by me for the past almost five years.

I have benefitted from his counsel, his compassion and his humour.

15 December 2016, Washington, DC

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America; H.E. Mr. Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States of America; and H.E. Ms. Susan Rice, National Security Advisor to the President

On 15 December, the Secretary-General had meetings with H.E. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America; H.E. Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States of America; and H.E. Susan Rice, National Security Advisor to the President of the United States of America. On his last official visit to Washington before departing his post on 31 December, the Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation to the United States as the host country of the United Nations and the UN’s largest contributor.

15 December 2016, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Transcript of Stakeout by UN Senior Adviser, Jan Egeland, on Syria

  
JE: Thank you very much.  We have tried to assist east Aleppo for several months now, we have had five major initiatives to bring relief to the besieged part of east Aleppo and to evacuate wounded and civilians from east Aleppo. They have all failed. We do hope that today we see the start of a last and successful attempt of evacuations of that troubled city. 
 

The Secretary-General will travel to Washington, D.C., tomorrow, in his final visit to the host country’s capital. 
This visit is an opportunity for him for a final farewell to the United States Government, and the Secretary-General will also have an opportunity to say goodbye to UN staff in Washington, D.C.

   
   
   
   
   

 

14 December 2016, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at concert by New York Philharmonic [as delivered]

Good afternoon, and thank you for being with us today.

This promises to be a wonderful concert in a very special venue. 

I am deeply grateful to the New York Philharmonic, its Music Director Alan Gilbert, the President of the New York Philharmonic, Matthew VanBesien, featured soloist Anthony McGill, and all the performers today.

I would also like to pay special tribute to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

He has stood by me for the past almost five years.

I have benefitted from his counsel, his compassion and his humour.

14 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at UN Energy Grant Award Ceremony

Your Excellency Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, 
Dr. Patrick Ho, Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,
Mr. Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to join you this evening.
 
I commend the Department of Economic and Social Affairs on this very successful UN Energy Grant programme, and I thank the China Energy Fund Committee for its generous support.
 

14 December 2016, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Tribute

Thank you for this tribute.

I am deeply honoured for the recognition which you have given me.

It has been a privilege to work with all Security Council members over the past ten years.

The Council’s role in maintaining international peace and security is as daunting and necessary as it was 70 years ago when the UN was founded. 

Over the course of the past decade, I have witnessed first-hand the Council’s capacity for innovative thinking. 

14 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at unveiling of official portrait

Let me begin by thanking the artist, Professor Lee Won-Hee.
 
I have long admired his work and distinguished career.  But I never imagined that one day I would become one of his subjects.
 
Professor. Lee, thank you for the beautiful image you have given the United Nations.
 
You have depicted me in my office, the place from which I have sought to serve the world’s people for the past decade.
 
You have posed me with my hand resting on our one and only planet – starting with my home continent of Asia. 
 

13 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Opening of the Exhibition "A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations"

Your Excellency, Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations,
Your Excellency, Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly,
Excellencies,
Permanent Representatives of Colombia, Germany, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

What a wonderful exhibition!

I thank the governments of Colombia, Germany, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, on behalf of the Group of Friends for Gender Parity, for this remarkable initiative.