UN role and reform

16 November 2009, Rome

Remarks to World Food Programme Staff

Thank you, Josette.

Thank you all for being here.

As you know, I am here in Rome for the Food Summit. But I also came to be with you during this difficult time.

I wanted to thank you, personally, for the work you do and your extraordinary dedication to the world's people.

When disaster strikes … when famine darkens the land …you are there.

Whether on the frontlines in the world's emergency zones, or supporting that work from Rome or other offices, you are the very face of the United Nations.

30 October 2009, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on Staff Security

[Rev. 1]

Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We meet today on a matter of highest importance: the security of our staff – your nationals - those who carry out the mandates and duties decided upon by you, the Member States.

As you know, five UN staffers were killed Wednesday morning in a terrorist attack on one of our facilities in Kabul. This follows other attacks, in other places. I have condemned them all, in the strongest terms.

29 October 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly on the proposed Programme Budget for the Biennium 2010-2011

At the outset let me express our shock and indignation at the heinous attack in Kabul on UNAMA personnel and our sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives as well as our pride and admiration at the bravery shown by the officials in the face of the attack.

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished delegates

I am pleased to present my proposed programme budget for the biennium 2010-2011.

As you know, my involvement in the preparation of budget proposals for the previous biennium was limited given that the process started in 2005, before I took office.

24 October 2009, UN Headquarters

Video message on UN Day

On this United Nations Day and every day throughout the year, the United Nations is at work. For people. For the planet. For jobs. For you.

This is a unique moment in world affairs. Many crises are hitting us at once. People everywhere are looking to the United Nations,

To seal the deal on climate change...

To defeat poverty and hunger...

To keep the peace...

To stand up for human rights...

To stop the spread of deadly weapons and disease...

To protect people and families hit by natural disaster or the global economic crisis.

15 October 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the 15th Anniversary of the Office of Internal Oversight Services

Under-Secretary- General Ahlenius,
Under-Secretary-General Kane,
Under-Secretary-General Malcorra,
Other panelists,
Jules Muis and David Walker,

Jean-Marc Coicaud (UNU),
Distinguished Guests and the dedicated staff of OIOS,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to join in this 15th anniversary celebration of the Office of Internal Oversight Services - OIOS.

01 October 2009, Stockholm

Opening remarks at press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

Thank you, Prime Minister, and good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the media.

It is a great pleasure for me to visit Sweden for the second time as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

01 October 2009, Uppsala

Address at Uppsala University [as prepared for delivery]

Professor Anders Hallberg, Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University, Professor Inger Österdahl, Professor of International law, Ambassador Liden, Distinguished guests and dignitaries, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Jag är glad att vara i Sverige. [Swedish for “I am happy to be in Sweden.]

Thank you for this wonderful welcome.

For a United Nations Secretary-General, a visit to Sweden is like a pilgrimage.

Your country and its people have had a formative influence on the United Nations.

23 September 2009, UN Headquarters

Toast at lunch for Heads of State and Government

Excellencies, Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Distinguished Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

May I have just a few minutes? I am going to propose a toast.

It is a great honour and pleasure to welcome all of you to this, our common house.

Let me extend a warm welcome to all of you who have taken part despite your busy schedules in this United Nations General Assembly.

Thank you again for coming to our common house at this crucial time.

15 September 2009, New York

Remarks at United Nations Democracy Fund event on International Day of Democracy

Thank you, Professor Doyle, for that kind introduction.

Distinguished Ambassadors and Members of the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund,

Professor Michael Doyle, Chair of the Advisory Board,

Mr. Roland Rich, Executive Head of the UN Democracy Fund,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

14 September 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks at launch of "Ideas that Changed the World", published by the UN Intellectual History Project

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to participate in this very important event.

It is a pleasure to welcome you to today's discussion on the United Nations Intellectual History Project and its latest volume, UN Ideas that Changed the World.

Ms. Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, has kindly agreed to moderate this discussion.

Former Under- Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Mr. José Antonio Ocampo will be the discussant.