Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

12 June 2008, Paris

Remarks to the Conference on Afghanistan

President Sarkozy,
President Karzai,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to thank President Sarkozy for hosting this conference. The timing is appropriate: we are at the mid-point of the Afghanistan Compact, and at the launch of the Afghan National Development Strategy.

06 June 2008, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Keynote address to Global Insight Summit opening ceremony

Thank you, Bill Rouhana, for those kind words and for your support of the United Nations. I consider you a true friend of the UN family.

Let me also thank the organizers of the Jackson Hole Film Festival, especially Eben Dorros and Todd Rankin. You and your team are showing great dedication in highlighting global issues.

02 June 2008, Rome

Remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Food Security in Haiti

Thank you, Minister Amorim, Distinguished Ministers, Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

14 May 2008, General Assembly

Address to opening of the high-level segment of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development

Mr. Chairman,

Honourable Ministers,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to address you on the occasion of the opening of the High Level Segment of the 16th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development.

We meet at a time of profound concern and painful loss. The cyclone in Myanmar and the earthquake in Southwest China have caused massive suffering. It is a call to our common humanity, and underscores our challenge to work for improved lives for all people.

09 May 2008, Atlanta

Opening remarks at press encounter following meeting on Global Health and the United Nations at the Carter Center

Thank you, President Carter, ladies and gentlemen of the press. I am very grateful for your very kind words as well as your hospitality, and for convening this meeting in Atlanta on global health issues.

I am delighted to be with you today and to be seated here with Dr. Chan and Dr. Brundtland, two of the most esteemed figures in the global health field.

We are here not only because global health is an enormous challenge, but also because we can do something about it.

29 April 2008, Geneva

“Opportunity in Crisis” -- Inaugural lecture of the Geneva Lecture Series, sponsored by the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Ms. Micheline Calmy-Rey, Federal Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Mr. Laurent Moutinot, President of the State Council of Geneva,

Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze and Mr. Carlos Lopes,

co-conveners of this forum,


Distinguished guests,

25 April 2008, Vienna

Remarks at a forum on “The United Nations and the European Union: Joining Forces for the Challenges of the 21st Century”

It is a great pleasure for me to meet all of you today. I may not remember your names, but I know many of you. I hope at least you may recognize me by this time, if not by name, by face. I am in the process of promoting myself as Secretary-General [laughter]. Now, I will briefly talk about the partnership between the European Union and the United Nations. I think this topic is very timely, and I would really like to discuss it with you, as I believe that the United Nations partnership with the European Union is much more important than many may think.

22 April 2008, Liberia

Address to the joint session of the 52nd Legislature of Liberia

Mr. Speaker of the House of Representatives,

Mr. Vice-President of Liberia and President of the Senate,

Mr. President Pro-Tempore of the Senate,

Distinguished Members of the Legislature,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am deeply honoured to address this joint session of the 52nd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia.

21 April 2008, Accra

Closing statement at High-level segment of UNCTAD XII

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for all your contributions to this High-level Segment. I had expected a very informative and interactive and energetic discussion, and you did not disappoint. Let me acknowledge our distinguished panellists for sharing their expertise and insights.

21 April 2008, Accra

Opening statement at High-level segment of UNCTAD XII

It is a great pleasure to join all of you in opening this High-level segment of UNCTAD XII. Our discussions today address a critical issue -- the role of trade and development in advancing Africa's prosperity. Let me begin by thanking our eminent panellists for agreeing to share their experiences and insights on this critical subject.