Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

22 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at side event "A Response to the World Food Crisis: Smallholder Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development in Africa"

I thank all of you for being here to discuss what is literally a life and death issue. The steep rise in food prices is putting countless lives at risk

I thank all those who have answered appeals by the United Nations and other organizations for contributions to cover emergency relief. But the news remains grim, particularly in the Horn of Africa, where the number of people at risk is still rising.

Food aid is essential as a temporary measure, but this must be quickly followed by long-term solutions. This side event will allow us to examine available options.

22 September 2008, General Assembly

Remarks at the High-Level meeting on Africa's development needs

Mr. President,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful to so many heads of state and governments and other high-level representatives for attending this very historic meeting. The Event is important in itself, but also critical in our preparations for the High-Level Meeting on the MDGs on Thursday; and the Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development starting in late November in Qatar.

19 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks on Ringing the Peace Bell on the International Day of Peace

Mr. President of the General Assembly, Mr. President of the Security Council,

Messengers of Peace, Ambassador Takasu, Permanent Representative of Japan,

Excellencies, Distinguished guests and colleagues,Ladies and gentlemen, and my dear young children and students,peace-loving citizens of the world.

Good morning. I am delighted to see so many of you here for this annual ceremony. Let me offer a special welcome to the Messengers of Peace and the many children joining us today.

18 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the launch of "Progress of the World's Women"

Thank you very much, Madam Executive Director, for your kind introduction.

I'm delighted to be here and show my strong support for the report we are launching today.

Progress of the World's Women 2008 has a profoundly important message -- one that goes beyond even the progress of women. It is about accountability, and how it can promote the kind of good governance that benefits all people.

Equally important, the focus of the report goes beyond resources. Yes, we will always need funds for women's empowerment and development.

15 September 2008, New York

Remarks at the Church of the Holy Family

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Your Eminence, Cardinal Egan, Your Excellency, Archbishop Migliore, Pastor Robbins, Father Chang, Dear friends,

Every year before the start of the General Assembly, the United Nations community has the privilege of attending this beautiful prayer service. For that, my colleagues and I are deeply grateful.

But even more important, we in the UN value your efforts all year round. By reaching out with a message of peace and solidarity, you promote some of the very principles that guide the United Nations.

11 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference on the launch of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, glad to see you again, I'm meeting you for the third time this month. I feel personally sorry that I have not been able to meet you as often as I hoped during the summer break. I understand that it has been some months since we had this type of press conference last. I'd like to meet you more regularly, from next month. So I'd like to propose that we meet on the first Tuesday of each month, unless my schedule prevents me. If I have to travel outside of Headquarters, then we'll try to arrange another date. So, I'd like to meet you more regularly from today.

10 September 2008, Madison, New Jersey

Remarks at Fairleigh Dickinson University: "Thinking Globally in a Global Age"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses gathering at Fairleigh Dickinson University

President Michael Adams, Members of the Platform Party, Faculty and students,

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and honour to join you today. Thank you for this warm welcome.

Most of all, thank you for this honour bestowed on me today.

As you know, I am not the first Secretary-General to receive an honorary degree from this esteemed university. The very first Secretary-General, Trygve Lie, received an honorary doctorate degree.

04 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press conference to launch the Report of the MDG Gap Task Force

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am glad to see you all in good health.

I am grateful for this opportunity to brief you on a subject which will be a top priority this fall. I have with me Ad Melkert from UNDP and Rob Vos from DESA. These are the two entities co-chairing the Task Force which produced the report we are launching today.

01 September 2008, Zaragoza

Remarks at the Water Tribune


Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, let me express my profound condolences on the tragedy of the plane crash last week which claimed so many lives. I wish the Spanish people courage and fortitude at this difficult time.

01 September 2008, Geneva

Remarks on signing of memorandum between UNCTAD and Iraq

Mr. Minister,

Dr. Supachai,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today is a solemn day for Iraq and for the United Nations. I am in Geneva to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attack of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad , and to meet the survivors and families of the victims. Many Iraqis perished that day, along with international staff of the UN.