UN role and reform

26 July 2007, San Francisco

Remarks at War Memorial and Performing Arts Centre

Mayor Newsom,

Thank you for your kind words, and for bestowing on me the key to this great city. I know that it reflects the strong feelings the people of San Francisco have for the United Nations.

26 July 2007, San Francisco

Address to the World Affairs Council of San Francisco

This is by far the largest gathering which I have ever addressed in my seven months as Secretary-General. I'm very grateful for your presence here, in the birthplace of the United Nations, and for your support for our shared goals.

11 July 2007, London

Address at the Royal Institute of International Affairs

Thank you, Lord Hurd, for those kind words. It is an honour and pleasure to be here.

When I left Brussels yesterday, it was 12 degrees Celsius and hailing. Here, it was 25 degrees and sunny. Talk about climate change. I don't understand why you British are always complaining about the weather.

I confess I am also a little intimidated, Lord Hurd, at being moderated by a veteran statesman of your distinction.

15 March 2007, General Assembly

Statement to the General Assembly on the adoption of resolutions on the work of the Secretariat in Peace Operations and Disarmament

Madam President,

Distinguished Delegates,

Allow me to express my sincere gratitude for what we have achieved today. Madam President, my thanks go first and foremost to you for your personal leadership and commitment in advancing the consultative process.

05 February 2007, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on Restructuring the Secretariat

Madam President,

I am glad to be back at Headquarters, and grateful at this opportunity to meet with all of you for the first time in my capacity as Secretary-General. Madam President, thank you for making it possible.

10 January 2007, New York

Address to the UNA-USA Business Council for the United Nations and the Association for a Better New York

Ambassador [William] Luers,

Chairman Rudin,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

08 January 2007, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security

Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Council,

I thank you for your kind words addressed to me, and for this opportunity to meet with all of you today. I assure you of my wholehearted support and dedication to the efficient and successful work of the Council.

Before I begin I would like to pay my tribute to the former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, for his significant contributions to the work of the Organization over the past ten years.

Mr. President,

14 December 2006, General Assembly

Address on Taking the Oath of Office in the General Assembly

I thank you warmly for your congratulations.  Madam President, Secretary-General Annan, let me say how much I appreciate your words of encouragement as I contemplate the responsibilities that lie before me.

I stand before all of you today deeply mindful of the words of the oath I have just taken.  Loyalty, discretion, conscience -- these, together with the Charter, will be my watchwords as I carry out my duties as Secretary-General.

11 December 2006, Truman Library

In Truman Library speech, Annan says UN remains best tool to achieve key goals of international relations

Thank you, Senator [Hagel] for that wonderful introduction. It is a great honor to be introduced by such a distinguished legislator. And thanks to you, Mr. Devine, and all your staff, and to the wonderful UNA chapter of Kansas City , for all you have done to make this occasion possible.

19 September 2006, General Assembly

10 years after – a farewell statement to the General Assembly

Madam President,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

When I first spoke to you from this podium, in 1997, it seemed to me that humanity faced three great challenges.

One was to ensure that globalization would benefit the human race as a whole, not only its more fortunate members.

Another was to heal the disorder of the post-cold-war world, replacing it with a genuinely new world order of peace and freedom, as envisaged in our Charter.