Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

29 October 2008, Manila

Opening remarks at press conference

[Unofficial transcript]

Thank you very much. Good morning everyone.

Distinguished members of the media, it's a great pleasure to have this opportunity, during my participation in the 2nd Forum on Migration and Development, to be with you.

I am honoured to be in Manila today and to have taken part in the opening of the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development, which brings together more than 163 countries across the globe to address the very important issues surrounding migration, including understanding and developing its benefits.

29 October 2008, Manila

Address at the University of Philippines

[As prepared for delivery]

Dr. Emmanuel Angeles, Chairman of the Board of Regents, Excellencies,

Distinguished faculty,

Dear students,

I am deeply honoured to receive an honorary doctorate from this great institution of learning. I know that, through me, you are also paying tribute to the United Nations. Thank you for this recognition.

The University of Philippines has a long history of excellence. Many talented men and women have emerged through your gates to make their mark on the world.

29 October 2008, Manila

Address to the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development

[As prepared for delivery]

President Arroyo, Excellencies, Delegates

I am honoured to welcome you to the second Global Forum on Migration and Development.

As we assemble today, our world faces economic upheaval of a kind not seen in generations. This sobering fact makes your work here of critical importance. Today, more than ever, we must understand how to draw on the power of migration to advance development.

24 October 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference on the Chief Executives Board's [CEB] response to the global financial crisis

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,

As you know, the executive heads of the United Nations system, funds and programmes, specialized agencies, had a very good meeting on various issues, particularly on the financial crisis issues.

We agreed that we face the prospect of on-going turmoil in the world's financial markets, coupled with a serious threat of global recession.

Today's crisis will affect all countries. But those who will experience the greatest hardships are likely to be those least responsible – the poor in developing countries.

24 October 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination meeting on "The Global Financial Crisis"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome back. I trust you had a pleasant lunch.

We now begin a most important discussion: the Global Financial Crisis.

I am very pleased that both Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF, and Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank, are with us.

Friends and colleagues,

It goes without saying that the past weeks have been tumultuous.

We do not yet know whether our efforts to stabilize the financial system will succeed.

We do not know what new twists the crisis will take.

23 October 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Observance of World Food Day

Mr. President of the General Assembly [Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann], Mr. President of the Economic and Social Council [Léo Mérorès], Mr. Director General of FAO [Jacques Diouf], Former Congresswoman Ms. Eva M. Clayton,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

World Food Day this year comes at a time of crisis. While the international community is focused on turmoil in the global economy, I am extremely concerned that not enough is being done to help those who are suffering most: the poorest of the poor.

21 October 2008, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Speech at the John F. Kennedy School of Government: Securing the Common Good in a Time of Global Crises

Thank you for your very kind introduction Dean Ellwood.

Distinguished Faculty Members,

Students and dear friends,

It's a great honour and pleasure for me to be back to the John F. Kennedy School. This is a really great opportunity for me, in my new capacity as Secretary-General of the United Nations, to return to visit my old school.

20 October 2008, Manila

Remarks at dinner hosted by Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines

Your Excellency President Macapagal-Arroyo,


Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me thank you for hosting this dinner in my honour. This is a wonderful way to round off a very successful visit.

This trip reaffirmed for us the great contributions the Philippines is making to the world. Your country is one of the strongest supporters of the United Nations and international diplomacy.

13 October 2008, UN Headquarters

Statement on the global financial crisis

The global financial crisis is hitting the world economy hard. The concerted action taken by the finance ministers of key economies affected and by the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington this weekend, aimed at restoring confidence in financial markets are laudable but more coordinated approaches, including direct intervention by governments of the major economies are necessary to recapitalize the banking system and guarantee the savings of ordinary people.

10 October 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the opening of the Exhibition of Unheard Voices of Afghanistan

[As prepared for delivery]

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends,

Thank you all for coming to the opening of this remarkable exhibition. I have been to many exhibitions that raise awareness about war and poverty. But this is the first I have seen showing the view through the eyes of those who are hit the hardest.

Oxfam has done a great service by giving Afghan women cameras and teaching them how to write captions so their voices can finally be heard.