Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

24 March 2016, Beirut

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President of the Council of Ministers, Tammam Salam, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Ahmad Al-Madani

Mr. Prime Minister, Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Good afternoon everyone. Salam Aleykum,

I am very pleased to be back in Lebanon. The United Nations has a major presence here and I thank Lebanon’s leaders for the support they have extended to our Organization.

Before I talk about my visit, I would like to express my deepest condolences for the death of a Lebanese soldier today in Wadi Rayan, in the outskirts of Arsal near the Syrian border.

18 March 2016, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Meeting to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

I am pleased to join you to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Let us recall that the date of this annual observance is the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre of peaceful demonstrators in South Africa in 1960. I draw encouragement by how far we have come since that tragedy. But we have much distance still to travel in our work for equality for all.

18 March 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Signing Ceremony for Compacts with Senior Managers

Thank you to my Chef de Cabinet, Mr. Mulet.

These Compacts are entrusted to you and the Management Performance Board for monitoring and follow-up. I know they are in good hands.

Dear Colleagues,

This signing ceremony is always important – and this year has special meaning.

We are in year one of our 15-year Agenda for Sustainable Development. There is a saying that if you get off to a good beginning, you are already halfway to success. Let us make the most of this year so we can give the best possible start to the Sustainable Development Goals.

15 March 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event

Thank you very much, Ms. Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, [and Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Women,] for organizing this important gathering. Thank you also to Ms. Elizabeth Broderick and Mr. Joseph Keefe, Co-Chairs of Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group

I am honoured to be joined also by Ms. Fiza Farhan [“F-eee-za Far-han”], CEO of Buksh Foundation and Director of Buksh Energy Pvt. Ltd. [“Private Limited”], who is also a member of my High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

15 March 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Every Women Every Child High-Level event co-organized with UN Women

Thank you very much for joining me at this important side event at the Commission on the Status of Women.

This is our busiest week for gender and women’s issues at the United Nations.

For me, as Secretary-General, every week is a chance to stand for women’s rights. Not even every week, every day!

During all my very extensive travels, I speak out for equality. And I make it a point to meet with the women, children and adolescents that we serve.

14 March 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Thank you very much for your leadership for gender equality and gender empowerment. Welcome to the United Nations.

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today with so many distinguished women leaders from all around the world.

I feel truly inspired. You empower me and I am energized by your energy and strength. I thank you very much. You are here to change the world. When I see all of you - from so many different countries, with so much experience and such strong commitment - I know we can achieve full equality for all women, everywhere around the world.

08 March 2016, Bonn

Remarks at Special Event Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the UN Offices in Bonn

It is a great honour to be back in Bonn. Having had the privilege of inaugurating the World Conference Center last June, I am delighted to be with you to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Bonn as a UN City.

It takes a lot of vision, courage and stamina to develop a global centre like this. I congratulate all the people who have been involved in this great job.

07 March 2016, Baden-Baden

Address upon receiving German Media Award

Ich freue mich sehr, Baden-Baden zum ersten Mal besuchen zu dürfen. Ich bedauere, dass ich nicht die weltberühmten Thermalquellen erleben kann. Ich verspüre aber die Wärme, mit der Sie mich heute hier begrüßen, und danke Ihnen dafür!

[It is a pleasure to be visiting Baden-Baden for the first time. I regret that I will be unable to experience the world-famous hot springs. But I do feel the warmth of your welcome tonight; thank you!]

07 March 2016, Algiers

Remarks at 5th General Assembly of the 2010 Kigali International Conference Declaration

I am pleased to open this important meeting.

Since I became Secretary-General almost a decade ago, I have been a staunch advocate for ending violence against women and girls.

This is why I launched the UNiTE campaign in 2008. Today, scores of leaders and ministers, hundreds parliamentarians and millions of individuals have added their names to the action call.
The tireless efforts of the women’s movement, Governments and other partners have put this struggle at the centre of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

29 February 2016, Geneva

Remarks to High-Level Panel Discussion at the Human Rights Council "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Human Rights"

It is a pleasure to be here in Geneva once again at the Human Rights Council.

This Council is a vital guardian of human rights. Your mechanisms give victims and human rights defenders a venue, a vehicle and a voice. Your reports draw the attention of the world to abuses committed in many countries and situations.

Your expanding programme is testament to the growing authority of your work over the past ten years.

The Council has shown flexibility and courage in dealing with difficult issues that other bodies have been reluctant to tackle.