UN role and reform

10 September 2008, General Assembly

Remarks at a concert hosted by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

President Kerim,

Minister of Culture Milevska


Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here tonight. I want to thank the organizers for putting together this very special concert. I know that everyone is looking forward to the performance, so I will try to keep my remarks brief, but I do want to take a moment to pay tribute to our outgoing Assembly President, Dr. Srgjan Kerim.

11 July 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the occasion of the UN 21 Awards

Thank you, Mr. Mengesha.

Dear UN 21 Awardees,

I am delighted to be with you for this year's UN 21 Awards -- one of the most uplifting annual items on the calendar of United Nations Headquarters.

It is so important to have ways like this to encourage and support the creativity of staff in finding more effective ways of doing the UN's work.

Since its inception 12 year ago, the UN 21 programme has expanded to reward initiatives in many areas -- from IT applications and administration to knowledge management, productivity and staff morale.

05 July 2008, Cheongju

Remarks to Model United Nations Conference, Cheongju University

[As prepared for delivery]

Dear young friends,

I am delighted to be here for this Model United Nations. Thank you for giving me such a warm welcome. Looking out on this sea of young faces, I feel transported many years back in time – nearly half a century, in fact!

03 July 2008, Seoul

Address at Seoul National University

Professor Lee Jang-moo, President of Seoul National University, Distinguished faculty, My dear young students,

I am honoured and moved beyond words to be recognized by my revered alma mater today. I owe this institution so much already. In the 38 years since I graduated, I have felt an enormous debt of gratitude to SNU for the way it prepared me for what was to come.

01 July 2008, Tokyo

Press conference at Japan National Press Club

[Unofficial transcript]

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, of the media. It is a great pleasure to meet you during my visit to Japan. This is going to be my last official function. I am just leaving right after this meeting to China.

30 June 2008, Tokyo

Remarks at a joint press encounter with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda

Minasama, konnichiwa.

I am honoured to be surrounded by so many friends and familiar faces. I have been to Japan many times as a diplomat and I am truly feeling among friends here.

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I cannot over-emphasize the importance of Japan’s leading and active role in the Organization, as well as my deep appreciation for its immense contribution to our work.

Prime Minister Fukuda and I had an excellent discussion on the major challenges the world faces, as well as practical ways to address them through the United Nations.

23 June 2008, Economic and Social Council

Remarks at the closing meeting of the Second Session of the Peacebuilding Commission

Mr. Chairperson

Excellencies, distinguished delegates,

Once again, I am honoured to join you as you mark another milestone in the work of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). Today represents an important opportunity for us to acknowledge the progress achieved during the second year of the Commission's operation and to consider the prospects and challenges in the year ahead. I am thankful to the Chairperson, the Permanent Representative of Japan, Ambassador [Yukio] Takasu, and to all of you, for this opportunity to address you today.

16 June 2008, London

Remarks to the Unveiling of the BBC Memorial to Slain Journalists

Sir Michael Lyons, BBC Chairman,

Mr. Mark Thomson, Director General of the BBC,

Family members, members of the journalists,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great privilege for me to be here tonight to dedicate this important memorial. I was very much moved by meeting the families whose dear family members have been killed during their official duties reporting.

04 June 2008, Rome

Opening remarks at press briefing on Food Security

Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media.