Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

08 February 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Special Event on Mobilizing to Achieve the Global Goals through the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030

Thank you to our moderator, Ms. Femi Oke.

I am proud to be among so many champions in the cause of eliminating female genital mutilation.

This is more than a mobilization – it is a celebration of women’s empowerment.

On this Day, I call for help to communities where FGM is practiced – because they are working for change.

We see examples in this room and around the world.

One Ethiopian woman who used to perform FGM said she “will never, ever think of subjecting [another] girl to the harms and suffering” it causes. Now she campaigns with us.

03 February 2016, London

Remarks during visit to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Your Excellency Dr. Federico Trillo-Figueroa, Ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom and President of the IMO Assembly, Secretary-General Kitack Lim of IMO, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to visit IMO once again.

Let me first congratulate Mr. Kitack Lim on his assumption as Secretary-General of IMO in January this year.

Now there are two Korean Secretaries-General in the UN system!

22 January 2016, Zurich

Remarks at Zurich Development Conference

The United Nations office in Geneva is the second largest United Nations headquarters, only next to United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Thank you for all your strong support to the United Nations, including your very generous support for the Strategic Heritage Project which will make this very historic UN building sustainable and environmentally hospitable.

Switzerland is also the birthplace of international humanitarian law.

22 January 2016, Zurich

Opening remarks at press encounter with Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor of Switzerland

Thank you very much. I am happy to be back in Switzerland. We just had a very meaningful session at the Annual Conference of Swiss International Cooperation.

As I said in my speech, Switzerland is a very valuable Member State of the United Nations supporting the United Nations, the global values of peace, development and human rights, this is the birth place of international humanitarian law.

21 January 2016, Davos

Remarks to the World Food Programme Annual World Leaders Dinner at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am proud to be here among so many champions against hunger, including the Hunger Heroes we honour this evening.

Thank you for this opportunity to discuss how to usher in a future without hunger and malnutrition.

This is absolutely possible in our world of plenty – with vision and action.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development points the way forward

21 January 2016, Davos

Remarks at World Economic Forum Plenary Session: "The New Climate and Development Imperative"

Thank you, President Kim, Distinguished panelists, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you today. I thank Professor Klaus Schwab and his team for bringing us together.

Last year, I came to Davos seeking your support for an ambitious agenda to transform the global economy, bring new opportunities to billions of people, and leave a healthier planet for future generations.

Now I can say: we have delivered with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

21 January 2016, Davos

Remarks at Gender Parity Global Challenge Trustees Meeting

At World Economic Forum, Ban Ki-moon (left) announces creation of UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Also pictured Justine Greening and Jim Yong Kim. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Your Excellency, Ms. Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom,
Trustees Co-chairs Ms. Sheila Penrose, Chairman of the Board, JLL, USA,
Jonas Prising, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ManpowerGroup, USA,
Mr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank,
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN-Women,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be here for one of my signature campaigns as United Nations Secretary-General.

20 January 2016, Davos

Remarks at "Making Public-Private Partnerships Work for the Sustainable Development Goals: The United Nations a Catalyst for Innovation"

Thank you very much for the chance to speak to you today.

I especially appreciate Dr. David Nabarro, my Special Advisor on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo, for bringing us together. This is our chance to build on the impressive political momentum that led to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals so that they can start to become a reality.

This is the start of a new year – and a new generational push to end poverty once and for all.

18 January 2016, Dubai

Remarks at launch of the High-Level Panel report on Humanitarian Financing

Today we launch a report that is critical to our global mission of leaving no one behind which is a main theme of the Sustainable Development Goals.

I am deeply grateful for the contributions of all the panel members, led by the co-chairs, Her Excellency Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President of the European Union, and His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah of Malaysia.

As this report points out, more than 120 million people live in constant distress, without jobs, food, water, shelter or health care.

18 January 2016, Abu Dhabi

Remarks to the World Future Energy Summit

Sustainable energy is the thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and our efforts to combat climate change.

So I am very happy to be here at the Future Energy Summit, as we celebrate last year’s landmark global agreements on the Sustainable Development Goals and on Climate Change in Paris.

The Paris Agreement is a triumph for people, the planet, and it is a triumph for multilateralism. For the first time, every country in the world pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change.