Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

04 August 2008, Mexico City

Joint press statement with Mexican President Felipe Calderon

Buenas tardes. Es un gran placer para mí estar en México.

As you know, this is my first official visit to your great country in my capacity as Secretary-General of the United Nations. But in the past, in my previous capacities, I have visited many times this beautiful country.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation for your very kind welcome and hospitality and extend my official gratitude for Mexico's overall cooperation with, and political and financial support to the United Nations.

18 July 2008, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly Meeting on the Global Food and Energy Crisis

President Kerim,


Thank you for this opportunity to review progress in addressing the global food and energy crisis. As you will recall from my previous briefings, I have established, at the CEB's request, a High-Level Task Force on Food Security bringing together the UN system, including the Bretton Woods institutions and other relevant international organizations, to respond to the crisis in a coherent and coordinated way.

13 July 2008, Paris

Remarks at the Thematic Segment of the Launch of the Union for the Mediterranean

Monsieur le Président,

Chefs d'Etat et de Gouvernement,

Mesdames et Messieurs,

C'est un grand plaisir pour moi de me joindre à vous à l'occasion du lancement de l'Union pour la Méditerranée. Cette nouvelle initiative promet de jeter une passerelle entre des régions diverses et dynamiques, et d'établir des liens entre des défis intersectoriels cruciaux.

Je salue President Sarkozy pour son initiative.

09 July 2008, Toyako, Hokkaido

Statement on the Group of Eight summit

I am grateful at the focused discussions by the Group of Eight (G8) and other world leaders in Toyako, Hokkaido, on the three interrelated global crises of climate change, food security and development. The discussion here provides initial direction for global efforts that must be accelerated in the coming weeks and months.

08 July 2008, Sapporo

Address at Hokkaido University

Saeki Hiroshi Gakucho, Kyushokuin to gakusei no minasama ohayogozaimasu. Watashi wa Kokuren Jimusocho no Ban Ki-moon desu. Minasama ni omenikakarete koei desu.

Dr. Hiroshi Saeki, President of Hokkaido University, Distinguished faculty, Dear students, Good Morning,

I am Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It is an honour to meet all of you.

I hope my UN staff has understood what I said.

04 July 2008, Seoul

Joint press conference with Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo

[Unofficial transcript (translated from the original Korean)]

Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon. It gives me great pleasure to visit my country once again. It’s been eighteen months. And I feel it is very significant that I am able to deliver a press conference in a language that is not officially designated by the United Nations, but which is my mother tongue.

04 July 2008, Seoul

Remarks at the National Assembly - "Great Challenges Require Great Nations"

[As prepared for delivery]

Distinguished members of the National Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, and dear friends,

I am deeply moved and honored to be with you this afternoon. Indeed, it is difficult to fully express my joy at being back in Seoul and among all of you.

01 July 2008, Tokyo

Remarks to the breakfast meeting with the Japan Institute for International Affairs

[As prepared for delivery]

Thank you very much, Ambassador Satoh, for your kind introduction and for hosting this breakfast in my honour. It was wonderful to work with you at the United Nations, and I congratulate you on your leadership of this Institute.

You have assembled today a distinguished group of parliamentarians and other dignitaries. I am keen to answer your questions, so I'll try to keep my remarks brief, but I do want to say a few words about my priorities as United Nations Secretary-General and how I see Japan as a key partner in addressing them.

01 July 2008, Beijing

Address at Foreign Affairs University

[As prepared for delivery]

Mr. Chancellor, Members of the Faculty, Distinguished guests, Dear students,

Ni Men Hao! Thank you all for this warm welcome. It is always a pleasure for me to come to China and to see firsthand its ongoing transformation. Today, I am especially honoured by this opportunity to speak to all of you -- the current and future faces of China in the world.

13 June 2008, London

UNA-UK address on "Securing the Common Good: The United Nations and the Expanding Global Agenda"

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be back in London and to join so many distinguished friends of the United Nations in this magnificent hall.

Lord Hannay, let me thank you for your generous introduction. You began it by alluding to my baptism by fire. I know what you mean.