UN role and reform

15 May 2008, General Assembly

Remarks to the Global Classrooms Model UN Conference

Friends,

I am fascinated and very much impressed by the big turnout, and I thank the DeWitt Clinton High School Choir High School Choir for the beautiful songs. It is wonderful for me to be here with you and look out at such an energetic audience. I'm very grateful to all the students, teachers and faculty advisors who make this programme possible. 'Global Classrooms' is raising awareness about human rights, sustainable development and peace – the same goals we are promoting at the United Nations.

12 May 2008, Security Council

Statement to Security Council meeting on securing peace and development: the role of the United Nations in supporting security sector reform

Thank you, Mr. President.

Distinguished delegates,

It is an honour to join you for this discussion on the United Nations role in security sector reform.

This issue is of special importance to the responsibility of the UN, and of this Council in particular, for maintaining international peace and security.

06 May 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to donors of the United Nations System Staff College

I am delighted to welcome all of you to UN Headquarters, and to tell you how much I value the work of the United Nations System Staff College. On two visits I have seen at first hand the good work you do.

I am especially grateful to you for helping to organize my retreat with senior managers in Turin last September -- a very fruitful three days where we forged an understanding on our shared agenda.

Let me also express the gratitude of the entire United Nations family for the support the Government of Italy provides for our training activities and Turin campus.

05 May 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at UNRWA Event Marking the Opening of Exhibition and Welcoming the Friends of UNRWA

Your Excellency, Ambassador Mansour of Palestine,

Mrs. AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of UNRWA,

Ambassador Richard Murphy, Chairman of the Board of the Friends of UNRWA Association in the United States,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear friends,

It is a pleasure to join so many friends and supporters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency [UNRWA] this evening, and to inaugurate a collection of photographs that will surely register deeply with everyone who looks at them.

05 May 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Capital Master Plan for the Renovation of the UN Headquarters complex

Spring is a time of rebirth. The grass grows green again, the cherry blossoms return, and the soil is turned to prepare the earth for harvest later in the year.

Today we turn the soil which the United Nations stands on to mark the rebirth, or renovation, of our Headquarters.

05 May 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening comments at press encounter following the ground-breaking ceremony for the Capital Master Plan for the renovation of the UN Headquarters complex

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a great pleasure to see you again. It took me two weeks to visit many countries in Africa and Europe.

I have just come from the groundbreaking ceremony for the Capital Master Plan, known as CMP, marking the renovation, even the rebirth, of UN Headquarters. Over the next five years, we will make our facilities safer, greener and more modern and efficient.

As you know, I spent the last two weeks in West Africa and Europe. Topic A at most stops was the global food crisis.

25 April 2008, Vienna

Remarks to the inauguration ceremony of Conference Building M at the Vienna International Centre

Madame Foreign Minister,

Mr. Mayor,

Mr. Director-General of the IAEA,

Mr. Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to be here for the inauguration of this new M Building which Austria has so generously donated to the international community. The M Building is a simple name for a complex facility encompassing dozens of meeting rooms with the capacity to service up to fifteen hundred people.

20 April 2008, Accra

Remarks to the 12th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - 'We Can Do This'

It is with great pleasure, and at the same time great concern, that I open this Twelfth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

18 April 2008, General Assembly

Remarks to Introduce His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the Staff of the United Nations

Your Holiness,

Dear Colleagues,

This is a big day for the United Nations and for all our staff -- regardless of what church we may belong to.

Dear colleagues, I share your excitement at welcoming His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to our house. I am deeply grateful to His Holiness for accepting my invitation to visit the United Nations -- one year exactly after I was graciously given an audience with him at the Vatican, 1 April 2007 in Rome.

18 April 2008, General Assembly

Remarks to introduce His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the General Assembly of the United Nations

Your Holiness,

Excellencies,

I am deeply grateful to His Holiness for accepting my invitation to visit the United Nations -- home to all men and women of faith around the world. Your Holiness, welcome to our common home.

The United Nations is a secular institution, composed of 192 States. We have six official languages but no official religion. We do not have a chapel -- though we do have a meditation room.