UN role and reform

04 May 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Member States on Influenza A (H1N1)

Mr. President,


Dr. Chan,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for participating in this meeting. At a time of global concern about a new strain of influenza -- A (H1N1) -- it is necessary and right that the United Nations comes together to discuss what is happening.

People the world over are worried about the health of their friends, families and children. Today our thoughts must be with all the communities that have been touched by the virus. In particular, our hearts go out to those where there has been loss of life.

17 April 2009, Princeton

Address to the Princeton Colloquium: "The Imperative for a New Multilateralism"

President Tilghman, Dean Watson, Professors, Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure and a honor to be here today and to have this precious opportunity to address such a prestigious university. So many leaders have come from Princeton university. It is truly a great pleasure to meet today with so many students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. I am impressed by the turn out in this hall. I ask you to remember me when one day I will retire as Secretary-General and may decide to take the opportunity to teach. I hope there will be this many people in the audience!

23 February 2009, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter following meeting of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you.

Today, I convened and chaired the eighth meeting of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar to discuss the current situation in the country and ongoing efforts in the context of my good offices mandate. The Group heard a briefing from my Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, on the outcome of his recent visit to Myanmar.

10 February 2009, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you again.

As you know, I have been traveling for much of the past month. I have been to Gaza and seen, with my own eyes, the human suffering there. I have been to Kabul, Islamabad and Baghdad, Davos and New Delhi, and some other places. Wherever I went I spoke for ordinary people — people at risk from climate change, people living in fear or war, people who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their children and families.

09 February 2009, New York

Remarks to the Opening of the Fifth General Meeting of the United Nations and CARICOM and its Associated Institutions

Mr. Edwin Carrington, Secretary-General of CARICOM


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you for this forum. Since the United Nations and CARICOM signed our cooperation agreement some twelve years ago, we have collaborated closely on a number of critical issues. I welcome this opportunity to deepen our ties further still.

30 January 2009, New York

Message to Conference of the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (delivered by Kiyo Akasaka, USG for Communications and Public Information)

It is a pleasure to greet all the participants in this timely and important conference.

Education is critical if individuals are to reach their potential, and if communities and nations are to live in harmony and achieve long-term well-being.

This is an exciting time to promote the cause of education. Science, technological breakthroughs and the wider distribution and sharing of knowledge through the Internet have raised awareness of how we can overcome pressing global challenges, whether they are political, economic or environmental.

29 November 2008, Doha

Remarks to UNDP Event on "A Time of Crisis and Opportunity: Responding with Renewed Multilateralism"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This Doha Conference had been planned for years before the financial crisis hit.

It has made our meetings here more urgent than ever.

The current turmoil in the markets is prompting some healthy reflection on the international financial architecture.

The crisis has shown us that we need fundamental improvements in a system that has fallen behind the times.

Any changes we make now could well affect the global economy for decades to come.

20 October 2008, Manila

Remarks at dinner hosted by Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines

Your Excellency President Macapagal-Arroyo,


Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me thank you for hosting this dinner in my honour. This is a wonderful way to round off a very successful visit.

This trip reaffirmed for us the great contributions the Philippines is making to the world. Your country is one of the strongest supporters of the United Nations and international diplomacy.

23 September 2008, General Assembly

Address to the 63rd session of the General Assembly: "A Call to Global Leadership"

Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

15 September 2008, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly meeting on the first International Day of Democracy

It is an honour to join the General Assembly in celebration of this first International Day of Democracy. Let me thank the International Conference of New and Restored Democracies, and its chair Qatar, for putting forward the resolution proposing this Day. Let me also pay tribute to the Community of Democracies, whose chair, Portugal, is also with us.