Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

13 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Prayer Breakfast

I am pleased to join all of you this morning.  

We are beginning perhaps the most hectic period of the year.  A new session of the General Assembly is upon us.  Leaders from around the world are on their way.  Our agendas are overflowing with meetings and summits and events. 

I can think of no better way to gather strength for this nonstop frenzy than by looking forward together with quiet humility and shared faith in humanity.

We have major challenges before us – conflict, division, insecurity.

08 September 2016, Vientiane

Opening remarks at the 11th East Asia Summit

Your Excellency, Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Chair of ASEAN in 2016,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government of the East Asia Summit members,
Your Excellency, Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank His Excellency Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith for inviting me to address the East Asia Summit.

07 September 2016, Vientiane

Remarks at launch of SDG 18 for the Lao PDR

Your Excellency, Mr. Tongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR,
Your Excellency, Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Your Excellency, Dr. Khampheng Saysompheng, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare,
Your Excellency, Mr. Souphanh Keomixay, Minister of Planning and Investment,
Your Excellency, Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here with you to launch this unique initiative.

07 September 2016, Vientiane

Remarks at launch of Lao PDR-UN Partnership Framework

Your Excellency Mr. Somdy Douangdy, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR,

Your Excellency Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here with you to launch this partnership agreement between the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the United Nations.

I am very pleased to be back in Laos, where I have many friends and happy memories from my last visit in 2009, and before that, my time as Foreign Minister.

07 September 2016, Vientiane

Closing remarks at the 8th ASEAN-UN Summit

Thank you for your kind suggestions.

The deliberations on the Plan of Action have demonstrated our shared principles and our shared vision for our partnership. 

In this first year of the ASEAN Community, the world has further witnessed the importance of ASEAN on the regional stage and its potential as an emerging global player.

07 September 2016, Vientiane

Opening remarks at the 8th ASEAN-UN Summit

Your Excellency, Thongloun SISOULITH, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Chair of ASEAN in 2016,
Your Majesty, Distinguished Heads of State and Government of ASEAN,
Your Excellency, Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour to join you for the 8th ASEAN-UN Summit in the beautiful city of Vientiane. 

04 September 2016, Hangzhou

Opening remarks at press conference at G20 Summit in China

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the media,

I am very pleased to participate in this G20 Summit meeting in Hangzhou and this morning, I would like to share some thoughts of mine, and the United Nations concerns, which may be your concerns, international concerns.

This is my eleventh G20 Summit as Secretary-General of the United Nations. As you may know, this is one of the few last months for me as Secretary-General of the United Nations. My mandate ends 31 December, so this is will be my last G20 Summit meeting.

05 September 2016, Hangzhou

Remarks at G20 Summit session on Inclusive and Interconnected Development

Excellencies,

Last year, many of you were in New York to celebrate the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a universal, integrated and transformative plan of action for peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

To achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we need change in our economies, in our societies, and in our relationship with the environment.

02 September 2016, Colombo

Remarks at event in Sri Lanka on SDG16: Sustaining Peace – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

It is an honour to be here today to talk about the links between peace and sustainable development.

This is my first visit to Sri Lanka since 2009, when I saw great suffering and hardship. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and in need of humanitarian aid after the terrible conflict that tore the country apart.

I called for fast reconciliation and action to build peace, in the knowledge that conflict can recur in fragile post-war societies.

01 September 2016, Galle

Remarks at youth event in Galle, Sri Lanka: Reconciliation and Coexistence: the Role of Youth

Good afternoon,

Thank you all for coming, and for your warm welcome.

I am very happy to be with you today as part of my second official visit to Sri Lanka.

Wherever I travel as Secretary-General, I try to meet young people. I want to hear about your priorities and your vision, and to benefit from your creativity and wisdom.

Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow you are the leaders of today. Your positive approach inspires me and gives me the energy to persevere.