08 September 2016, Vientiane

Opening remarks at the 11th East Asia Summit

Your Excellency, Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Chair of ASEAN in 2016,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government of the East Asia Summit members,
Your Excellency, Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank His Excellency Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith for inviting me to address the East Asia Summit.

23 August 2016, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council open debate on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Thank you for hosting this debate today. The elimination of all weapons of mass destruction is one of the most important obligations entrusted to the international community. 

We can take some comfort from our success in preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The multilateral infrastructure, including the load-bearing pillars of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological Weapons Convention, and instruments including Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) is robust and tested.

28 November 2006, Princeton University

Role of disarmament, non-proliferation examined in Princeton lecture

Let me begin by saying how delighted I am to have been invited to give this address by a School named after Woodrow Wilson, the great pioneer of multilateralism and advocate of world peace, who argued, among other things, for agreed international limits on deadly weapons.