Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

29 April 2016, Geneva

Remarks at the event entitled “Celebrating the Olympic Spirit”

Je suis très honoré de prendre part à la cérémonie d’aujourd’hui.

L’Organisation des Nations Unies est fière de travailler en partenariat avec vous en faveur d’un monde meilleur.

Here, at our Palais des Nations in Geneva, this flame represents the warm partnership between the United Nations and the International Olympic Movement.

This is the flame of passion that burns in the hearts of athletes and fans.

It is the eternal flame representing timeless values that can never be extinguished.

26 April 2016, Vienna

Opening remarks at press encounter with Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria

Meine Damen und Herren, guten Abend!

Ich freue mich sehr, in Wien wieder zu sein.

Sehr geehrter Herr Aussenminister, ich danke Ihnen für Ihr Leadership und Ihre Gastfreundlichkeit.

Danke schön.

[Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening. I am happy to be in Vienna again. Dear Mr. Foreign Minister I thank you for your leadership and your hospitality. Thank you.]

22 April 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the High-Level Event on the Implementation of the Climate and Development Agendas

We have made historic progress today, taking the next step to move from the aspirations of COP21 to action on the ground.

The Paris Agreement provides the policy certainty and clear direction requested by the private sector, civil society and local leaders.

Now we must take climate action to the next level.

By acting on climate, we advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.

20 April 2016, The Hague

Remarks to Members of Parliamentary Committees of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Thank you for your welcome.

I am honoured to meet with the members of the Dutch parliament today.

This is my sixth visit to the Netherlands as Secretary-General.

Every time I come I am heartened by the Dutch people’s commitment to inclusiveness, diversity, international cooperation and civil liberties.

The contribution of the Netherlands to the work of the United Nations touches on all aspects of the Organization’s work: peace and security, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance.

The Netherlands is a key partner of UN peacekeeping.

20 April 2016, Rotterdam

Remarks at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Thank you for welcoming me today.

It is an honour to accept the World Leader Cycle Award from the Economic Faculty association Rotterdam here at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

I know that you are recognizing not only me, but also the Organization I am proud to serve and lead. Thank you for this expression of support for the United Nations and its staff.

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, also known as the wandering scholar, gave his name to your University and to Europe’s longest standing student exchange programme.

18 April 2016, Economic and Social Council

Remarks to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development

I am pleased to join the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in welcoming you to the inaugural session of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development. And I am particularly pleased to see many ministers, Finance and Development Ministers and the EU Commissioner and Heads of United Nations Agencies, who are taking part in this important forum.

16 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the 93rd meeting of the Development Committee

I am deeply honoured to once again have the opportunity to address the Development Committee. Last year, we focused together on the importance of ensuring the successful passage of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Thanks in large measure to your support, world leaders adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the 2030 Agenda -- with seventeen integrated and comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

16 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Global Infrastructure Forum

This Global Infrastructure Forum is one of the major deliverables of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held last year in Addis Ababa.

Taken together, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda are international commitments to transform the global economy, expand opportunities, and leave a healthier planet for future generations.

If we are to achieve our goals, and leave no one behind, we must address large infrastructure gaps in developing countries.

16 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the Least Developed Countries

Five years ago, the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries adopted the Istanbul Declaration and the Istanbul Programme of Action.

The upcoming midterm review offers the opportunity to assess progress and forge the path forward.

This year will also see the 18th replenishment of the International Development Association, as well as the start of the United Nations Decade for Action on Nutrition. And, of course, this is the first year of implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

15 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Event Hounouring the UN-World Bank Partnership

Thank you for your warm welcome. Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for that extremely moving video.

As you have seen and heard, President Kim and I have launched many firsts.

We are the first United Nations Secretary-General and World Bank President to undertake joint visits around the world.

The first UN Secretary-General and World Bank President to appear together on stage at a rock concert!

And, President Kim, I believe you may be the first World Bank President to have ever worn a United Nations baseball cap!