Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

31 July 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the launch by the Prime Minister of the UK of a new initiative on the Millennium Development Goals

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister, for your rousing, inspiring and visionary words. And I am very much encouraged by your strong commitment and support for the Millennium Develoment Goals, and for peace and security initiatives around the world, including on Darfur.

Good morning, everyone -- and welcome to our common house, Mr. Prime Minister. It is a profound honour for me to welcome you to the United Nations on your first visit as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

10 July 2007, Brussels

Address to Inaugural Global Forum on Migration and Development

Monseigneur, [Prince Philippe of Belgium]

Prime Minister,



I am honoured to welcome you to the launch of this Global Forum -- a milestone in our work to understand the connection between international migration and development, and to harness the power of one to advance the other.

Let me express my deep appreciation to His Majesty King Albert of Belgium, who is recovering from a minor procedure and could not join us today. I wish him a speedy recovery.

05 July 2007, Geneva

Address at the launch of the Development Cooperation Forum of the Economic and Social Council

Mr. President,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to take part in the official launch of the high-level Development Cooperation Forum of the Economic and Social Council.

As I look around this room today, I am heartened by the level and wide range of participation at this launch. It bodes very well for the future of this Forum and for its ability to deliver.

02 July 2007, Geneva

Address to the High-Level segment of the Economic and Social Council

I am honoured to attend for the first time as Secretary-General this High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council.

Yours is a sacred mission: to lead the UN's worldwide work for human uplift and development.

This year, I believe you are better prepared than ever for this challenge. The Council has undertaken bold new initiatives to reenergize its functions and to rejuvenate its mission. As a result, it is well on it way to becoming the global hub for devising and overseeing development policies and practices.

20 June 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at presentation ceremony of Mahbub Ul Haq Award

Thank you Kemal [Dervis], Dear friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to join all of you for this very special occasion. The Human Development Awards celebrate what is ultimately our Organization's highest calling: building lives in larger freedom for all humankind. Today, by honouring Sheila Watt-Cloutier with the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Human Development, we celebrate a truly remarkable individual with one of the UN's most exceptional Awards.

09 May 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the High-Level Segment of the 15th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

Your Excellency, Minister Al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Commission on Sustainable Development, Distinguished Ministers, Excellencies, Distinguished Participants,

I am delighted to welcome you to the High Level Segment of the 15th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development.

On this occasion, we also celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Our Common Future”, the paradigm-shifting report that introduced the concept of sustainable development, and which continues to provide a foundation for the Commission's work.

03 May 2007, Sharm El Sheikh

Remarks at the launch of the International Compact with Iraq

I would like to thank all of you for participating in the launch of the International Compact with Iraq. Your presence is a clear sign of your commitment to stand in solidarity with the people and Government of Iraq at a time when they need our support.

23 April 2007, Doha

Remarks to the Seventh Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade, Qatar

Your Highness, [Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani], President Halonen, [of Finland], Mr. Straw, [Leader of the House of Commons, United Kingdom], Mr. Lahoud, [President of Lebanon], Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted at this opportunity to address the Seventh Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade.

The name of this beautiful city where we are gathered is already associated in the minds of millions with the idea of free trade.

16 April 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Special meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council with the Bretton Woods Institutions, World Trade Organization and the UN Conference on Trade and Development

Madame President, [of the General Assembly]

Mr. President, [of ECOSOC]

Distinguished ministers and guests,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me join the President of the Economic and Social Council in warmly welcoming our guests from the international financial and trade institutions to the United Nations. This is an important part of the follow-up process to the Monterrey Consensus, and I am glad that you are part of the discussion and debate.

29 January 2007, Addis Ababa

Address to the African Union Summit

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis très ému par votre chaleureux accueil, auquel je suis très sensible.  Permettez-moi d'exprimer mes remerciements au Président de l'Union, le Président Denis Sassou Nguesso, et au Président de la Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, pour leur action à la tête de l'Union et pour l'engagement qu'ils ont pris de coopérer étroitement avec l'Organisation des Nations Unies et avec moi-même personnellement.