UN role and reform

11 September 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks at launch of the Book, "United Nations International Civil Service"

Ambassador Sharma,
Doctor Banerjee,
Distinguished guests,

The book we are launching today covers an important subject.

The international civil service can certainly be difficult to deal with as a topic.

But let me assure you: Dealing with real UN staff members is inspiring.

I am constantly impressed by the dedication of the men and women of the United Nations. They possess remarkable skills and expertise and a strong commitment to the global common good.

28 August 2009, Vienna

Remarks on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Vienna International Centre

Your Excellency President Fischer,
Your Honourable Madam President of the Parliament, Ms. Prammer,
Your Excellency Foreign Minister Spindelegger,
Your Honourable Mayor and Governor of Vienna Mr. Häupl,
Distinguished guests,
Dear colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank you for Austria's significant contribution to the United Nations, and for being such a generous host country!

10 August 2009, Seoul

Remarks at 39th Plenary Assembly of the World Federation of United Nations Associations

Dr. Hans Blix, President of the World Federation of UN Associations,
Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo, of the Republic of Korea,
Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan, of the Republic of Korea,
Distinguished Presidents and members of United Nations Associations,
My fellow “global citizens for the United Nations,”

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hans Blix for his outstanding leadership as President of WFUNA.

I convey my appreciation to the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for hosting this event.

21 July 2009, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)

[As delivered]

Mr. President,


Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We meet on the eve of the General Assembly's consideration of my report on Implementing the Responsibility to Protect. I welcome this discussion. Most of all, I welcome the prospect of advancing our efforts in this vital area that means so much to me and to the world's people.

13 July 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the formal meeting of the Organizational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission

Mr. Chairperson, thank you for your invitation.

Distinguished Members of the Peacebuilding Commission,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

One year ago, the Security Council requested a report on Peacebuilding in the immediate aftermath of conflict.

Since that time, we have engaged in an intense process of consultation. I want to thank the Peacebuilding Commission for your vital engagement. Your views have been invaluable in shaping this report. And as it makes clear, the PBC has a critical role to play in championing and promoting the agenda.

22 June 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judges of the UN Dispute Tribunal and UN Appeals Tribunal

Your Honourable Judges, Dear Senior Advisers, Representatives of the Staff Union.

It's a great pleasure and honour for me to [lead you as you] take this declaration of oath as you start a very important responsibility as judges of respectively, the UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal.

10 June 2009, General Assembly

Statement on the election of His Excellency Ali Abdussalam Treki as President of the 64th Session of the General Assembly

Mr. President,



Distinguished delegates,

I congratulate His Excellency Ali Abdussalam Treky on being elected President of the 64th session of the General Assembly.

But instead of “Welcome,” I should really say, “Welcome back”. Our new President is already very familiar with the United Nations.

He already served three times as his country's UN ambassador, most recently in 2003.

His other diplomatic assignments have placed him at the heart of the UN's agenda.

03 June 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks at lunch in honour of the Centenary of the Birth of U Thant

Aye Aye, Excellencies, Members of the U Thant Institute, Distinguished guests and colleagues,

Let me begin by thanking the U Thant Institute and my colleagues in the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Department of Public Information for organizing this lunch.

It is a great honour for me to be able to join you in paying tribute to the memory of my distinguished predecessor, U Thant.

The office of Secretary-General comes with great responsibilities -- and challenges to match. Whenever I need inspiration, I can find it in U Thant.

21 May 2009, Washington, D.C.

Commencement Address at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies: "Global Leadership in a Time of Crisis"

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Thank you, Dean Jessica Einhorn, for your very kind introduction.

Congratulations to you and this distinguished faculty for your inspired leadership of an exceptional institution.

Congratulations as well, Bernard Schwartz on your years of tremendous service to the school.

And of course, my heartfelt congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2009, whose extraordinary achievement we are celebrating.

14 May 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the UNA-USA Global Classrooms Event

[As prepared for delivery]

Hi, everyone!

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I want to give a shout-out to the Secretary-General of this UNA-USA conference.

Madame Secretary-General [Amy Jensen], I understand you are missing your graduation to join us today. Are your parents here?

Well, I hope they don't mind that instead of graduation speeches they have to listen to me. But maybe it is a good sign – maybe someday you will become the United Nations Secretary-General.