UN role and reform

13 April 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Ethics Panel

It is a great pleasure to be here and congratulations on your 10th Anniversary. I do believe that you have a very very important role to play - ensuring that the highest ethical standards and the integrity are fully respected in the Organization.
 
We live in a moment when there is a crisis of confidence in relation to international Organizations and also in relation to Governments in general, and to a large extent, this crisis of confidence comes, [among] many other reasons, from reasons that are linked to your work.
 

21 March 2017, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Tribute to Ambassador Vitaly Churkin

It is with deep sadness that I join you to pay tribute to our friend and colleague, Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin, who was tragically and suddenly taken from us last month on the eve of his 65th birthday.

Throughout his decade-long tenure as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Churkin was a unique and visible presence.

His was an unmistakable voice -- as witty as he was passionate in defending Russian interests while advocating for a strong United Nations.

03 January 2017, UN Headquarters

António Guterres’ address to staff

Dear colleagues, this is indeed a very emotional moment for me. I am humbled and happy to be with all of you here today. Ten years ago, I had the chance to start being a staff member of the UN, and I had the privilege to serve not only the UN, but as High Commissioner for Refugees, to serve the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people.

12 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General-designate António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office

The ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, addressed the General Assembly on 12 December 2016 after taking the oath of office, which was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Thank you very much for all your kind words. I am deeply honoured by the trust and confidence Member States have placed in me, and determined to be guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter.

19 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at "Plaster Wall" Event to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Japan's Membership of the United Nations

I am delighted to be with you this evening.
 
I must confess that when I first heard about his event, I was a little worried and confused.
 
I was told I was coming to break a barrel of sake and get plastered!
 
Surely that would not be appropriate for a Secretary-General, even one in his last couple of weeks in office?
 
But then it was explained.
 
I would be meeting master plasterer Naoki Kusumi and I would be inscribing a message on a plaster wall to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Japan joining the United Nations.

20 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks on accepting the Order of Civil Merit from Spain

Your Excellency Mr. Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain,
Your Excellency Mr. Román Oyarzun, Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

16 December 2016

Opening remarks at press conference

It is a great pleasure to see you this morning. Usually we gather at this time around this year but now we meet at the end of my term. 

Believe it or not, I will miss these exchanges.  We have spent much time together in this room, in the halls of this building and around the world over the last ten years.  You are part of the UN family. And I thank you for your strong commitment and working together, working for the United Nations. 

14 December 2016, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council Tribute

Thank you for this tribute.

I am deeply honoured for the recognition which you have given me.

It has been a privilege to work with all Security Council members over the past ten years.

The Council’s role in maintaining international peace and security is as daunting and necessary as it was 70 years ago when the UN was founded. 

Over the course of the past decade, I have witnessed first-hand the Council’s capacity for innovative thinking. 

14 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at unveiling of official portrait

Let me begin by thanking the artist, Professor Lee Won-Hee.
 
I have long admired his work and distinguished career.  But I never imagined that one day I would become one of his subjects.
 
Professor. Lee, thank you for the beautiful image you have given the United Nations.
 
You have depicted me in my office, the place from which I have sought to serve the world’s people for the past decade.
 
You have posed me with my hand resting on our one and only planet – starting with my home continent of Asia. 
 

12 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the General Assembly Plenary Meeting to pay tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and taking the oath by the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres

UN General Assembly gives Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a standing ovation following the Assembly's adoption of a resolution paying tribute to his service to the United Nations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

[Bilingual, as delivered version]
 

Thank you for your very kind words and for your trust.  I am deeply moved by your tributes.

Serving as Secretary-General of this great organization, has been a great privilege for me of a lifetime.

As some of you said, I am a child of the United Nations.   

After the Korean War, UN aid fed us.  UN textbooks taught us.  UN global solidarity showed us we were not alone.  

For me, the power of the United Nations was never abstract or academic.