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,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

14 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at concert by New York Philharmonic

Good afternoon, and thank you for being with us today.

This promises to be a wonderful concert in a very special venue. 

I am deeply grateful to the New York Philharmonic, its Music Director Alan Gilbert, the President of the New York Philharmonic, Matthew VanBesien, featured soloist Anthony McGill, and all the performers today.

I would also like to pay special tribute to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

He has stood by me for the past almost five years.

I have benefitted from his counsel, his compassion and his humour.

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. 

29 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at memorial in honour of Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed

Let me begin by thanking Ambassador Reed’s family for joining us.
We are pleased to welcome his daughter  Ms. Electra Reed, son-in-law Mr. Paul Kusserow and beloved grandchildren Marina Kusserow and Vladimir Reed.
Ambassador Reed was at home here.  So to his family, we say welcome to the United Nations.  Welcome home. 

09 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Statement on the presidential election in the United States of America

I congratulate Mr. Donald Trump on his election as forty-fifth President of the United States of America.

28 October 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks in honour of King Bhumibol of Thailand

We come together to pay tribute to the life and legacy of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, of Thailand – the world’s longest-reigning monarch.

On behalf of the United Nations, I once again express most profound condolences to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Royal Family, the Government of Thailand and the Thai people.  

A visionary and a humanitarian, King Bhumibol was loved and revered by the people of Thailand and respected around the world.

13 October 2016, UN Headquarters

Press encounter with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary-General-designate António Guterres

Ban Ki-moon: I am very happy and pleased and honoured to welcome to the 38th floor this new Secretary-General-designate. He will soon become Secretary-General, succeeding me. 

He will be looking and he will be addressing so many challenges from this 38th floor. There may be many challenges, at the same time, there is some hope for all of us. We have the Sustainable Development Goals, and Climate Change. These are two guides which will really bring a good sense of hope to many people.

I wish you all the best.

14 October 2016, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly meeting to pay tribute to the memory of H.E. Girma Asmerom Tesfay, the late Permanent Representative of the State of Eritrea to the United Nations

I join with the General Assembly to convey my deep sorrow for the loss of His Excellency Mr.  Girma Asmerom Tesfay who passed away on 5 October in New York.

I express my personal deep condolences -- as well as the condolences of the United Nations system -- to his family, to His Excellency Isaias Afwerki, President of the State of Eritrea, and to the Eritrean people. 

Ambassador Girma presented his credentials as Permanent Representative of the State of Eritrea to the United Nations on 23 April 2014.