Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

16 June 2011, Brasilia

Opening remarks at press stakeout with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota

Boa tarde, estou muito feliz de estar aqui em Brasilia.

Thank you very much, Mr. Minister, for your kind hospitality. I'm very pleased to visit Brazil. This is my third time as Secretary-General.

Last year, I visited Rio de Janeiro to participate in the Alliance of Civilizations meeting.

01 June 2011, Rome

Remarks to International Conference on the Inter-Ethnic City [As prepared for delivery]

I am pleased to be here. I want to thank our hosts, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has organized this event under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

I am here in Italy to join in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. Anniversaries are moments to mark the past, but to my mind they are really about the future.

16 May 2011, General Assembly

Remarks to special event marking the 2,600th Anniversary of the Enlightenment of the Buddha

Thank you, Your Excellency Ambassador Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka,
Excellency Ambassador Kleib, Acting President of the General Assembly
Distinguished Ambassadors,
Venerable Buddhist Monks,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to celebrate this auspicious occasion with you.

It is a personal celebration for me, since my mother is a devout Buddhist.

I remember being inspired by the teachings of the Buddha as a child.

The wisdom of mindfulness, compassion and peace.

21 April 2011, Kiev

Address to the Kiev Institute of International Relations

Honourable Leonid Hubersky, Rector of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,
Honourable Valeriy Kopiyka, Director the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,
Distinguished guests,
Dear students, professors,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dobroho ranku. Ya radii buti zu vami siohodni. [Good morning. I am pleased to be with you today.]

24 March 2011, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at dedication ceremony for exhibit of petitions from "Mayors for Peace"

Thank you,

Mr. Duarte [UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs],
Mr. President of the General Assembly [Joseph Deiss],
Atomic bomb survivors Mr. Ri Sil Gun, Ms. Toshiko Tanaka, Ms. Motoko Nakamura,
Messenger for Peace of the United Nations, Michael Douglas – thank you very much for your participation - I am glad that he is in good health.
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
dear colleagues,

21 March 2011, Cairo

Opening remarks at press conference at Al Sawy Culturewheel Centre in Cairo

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to see you.

I trust you have heard the speech I just delivered, so I will be brief now.

As I conclude my visit in Egypt and depart shortly for Tunisia, let me emphasize three points.

First, Egypt's democratic transition is well under way the challenge now is to make it irreversible.

My clear impression after meeting with the Government, civil society and young people is that Egyptians are rising to the challenge.

21 March 2011, Cairo

Speech at El Sawy Culture Wheel Centre, entitled "Listening to the People: A Changing Arab world and the UN" [as prepared for delivery]

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for coming this evening.

For me, this is an honor -- a great honor: to be in Cairo with you, the people of Egypt who have captured the attention of the world.

It is fitting that we meet at this El Sawy cultural center, here on the banks of the Nile, the great river of civilization, a powerful symbol of the ebb and flow of history.

We are witnessing some of the most profound changes of our modern era, a rare moment in the story of humankind:

A moment when we step from the old to the new.

11 March 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks at UNESCO event marking end of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures [as prepared for delivery]

President Jorge Sampaio,
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud,
Excellencies and Distinguished Guests,
Ms. Bokova,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be here with such distinguished guests.

I offer a special welcome to the eminent members of the High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures.

When the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Decade for the Culture of Peace, the goals were clear.

26 January 2011, Geneva

Press remarks after Secretary-General's meeting with the leader of the Greek Cypriot community and the Turkish Cypriot community

Good afternoon,

I would like to extend my deep appreciation to His Excellency, Mr Christofias, and His Excellency, Mr Eroglu, for joining me here in Geneva today to take further steps towards a solution of the Cyprus problem.

10 December 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at event on ending violence and criminal sanctions based on sexual orientation and gender identity [as delivered]

Thank you, Ambassador Jim McLay of New Zealand,
Ambassador Ranko Viloviæ of Croatia,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
and particularly representatives of civil society, it is a great pleasure.

Thank you all for coming to this important event.

Today is Human Rights Day - a day we dedicate to defending freedoms and protections for all people.

We know how controversial the issues surrounding sexual orientation can be.

In the search for solutions, we recognize that there can be very different perspectives.