Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

17 September 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at "Tea Gathering for Peace"

Mr. [Genshitsu] Sen, [President of the United Nations Association of Japan],

Excellencies, Distinguished guests,

First, let me thank Dr. Sen for conducting this tea ceremony at the United Nations. This is quite an impressive tea house.

I understand that “Chado”, or the “Way of Tea,” is based on four principles, which as Koreans, we also highly value: Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility. These are four words which we Koreans also highly value. I think it is the same with everybody.

17 September 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at International Day of Peace Student Observance

Good morning. Welcome to the United Nations. Thank you for coming to help us celebrate the annual International Day of Peace

This day of ceasefire and non-violence is one of the most important observances on the United Nations calendar.

Peace is the primary UN mission. I mean peace in all its aspects: from basic safety and security to the bedrock of peace: tolerance, justice and human rights, disarmament, development and democracy.

17 September 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Peace Bell Ceremony


Today we observe the annual International Day of Peace – a day dedicated to ceasefire and non-violence.

That is why, each year on this day, I ring the Peace Bell.

And it is why … every day … here and around the world … I work for peace.

I work with antagonists to help them resolve their differences peacefully.

I sound the alarm about threats – those we can see clearly, and others just over the horizon.

I promote tolerance, justice and human rights.

I campaign for harmony among countries and peoples.

16 September 2010, New York

Remarks at the Church of the Holy Family [as prepared for delivery]

Your Excellency, Archbishop Chullikatt,

Your Excellency, Archbishop Dolan,

Pastor Robbins,

[Your Excellency, Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly.]

Dear friends,

I am deeply honoured to join with you once again for this service. I look forward to it every year.

For the United Nations, September is the season of renewal. And we begin right here. By giving thanks?gathering strength?.and looking forward in faith.

Faith in our universal values.

Faith in our common humanity.

Faith in our shared future.

09 September 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Indian Classical Music Concert by Amjad Ali Khan, "Ode to Peace" (as prepared for delivery)

Ambassador Puri
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here with you this evening.

It is not often that we have the opportunity to gather together to

enjoy such a unique performance.

I thank the Permanent Mission of India for organizing this event to

commemorate the attacks on the United States that took place on

September 11, 2001.

It has never been more important to come together against the forces

which brought about those events. Terrorism. Extremism.


12 July 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at ceremony marking the 15th Srebrenica Commemoration

Your Excellency Ivan Barbaliæ, [Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina],

Your Excellency, Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, [President of the General Assembly],


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we honour the victims of the largest atrocity on European soil since the founding of the United Nations.

We pay homage to the thousands of men and boys who were slaughtered – brutally... deliberately and systematically.

We recognize the burden of families and loved ones who carry the memories and pain with each step.

07 July 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the General Assembly of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS)

[As prepared for delivery]

Mr. Antonio Marzano, President of the AICESIS, Mr. Patrick Venturini, Secretary-General, Ms. Hanifa Mezoui, Mr. Michel Kamano, Mr. Kim Dae Mo,

Mr. Michele Dau,

It is a pleasure to address the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions.

Above all, I want to simply say “thank you”.
Your work is crucial to strengthening the participation and engagement of civil society in government at the national and international levels.

02 June 2010, New York

Remarks at Korea Society Dinner commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War

Ambassador Hubbard, Chairman of the Korea Society,
Ambassador Minton, President of the Korea Society,
General Paik Sun Yup,
Secretary Colin Powell,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

My wife and I are delighted to be with you for this dinner.

The Korea Society is a very special part of the UN community.

Your commitment to peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Your efforts to promote better understanding of Korea and its people.

Your support for the United Nations.

28 May 2010, Rio de Janeiro

Remarks to the Third Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations

President Lula of Brazil,
Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah,
President of the Qatar Foundation,
Honourable Ministers,
Distinguished Governors and Mayors,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Bom Dia.

President Lula, my deepest thanks to you and the Brazilian people for your hospitality and warm welcome.

Muito Obrigado.

27 May 2010, Rio de Janeiro

Opening remarks at press conference in Rio de Janeiro

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press,

Estou muito feliz de estar outra vez no Brasil.

(I am very glad to be in Brazil once again.)

Brazil is an outstanding Member State of the United Nations, a regional leader, and a growing global power.

As a member of the Security Council, Brazil plays an important role in addressing many global threats and challenges.