Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

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.

26 May 2010, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council on Intercultural Dialogue for Peace and Security

Thank you Your Excellency Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon,
Distinguished Members of the Council,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mr. Prime Minister, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations.
This is your first visit to the United Nations in your capacity as Prime Minister of Lebanon. I wish you a great success and hope for peace and stability under your leadership.

I also welcome Parliamentary Under-Secretary [of State] Mr. Alistair Burt of the United Kingdom to the Security Council.

Mr. President,

07 May 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Concert by the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of the Commonwealth of Independent States on the 65th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe

Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of the Russian Federation,
Mr. [Mikhail] Shvydkoi, [Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cultural Relations]
Maestro Spivakov and your young musicians:

It is a pleasure to greet you in this great hall of the General Assembly.

Our concert tonight marks the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

On the day the war ended – in the final hours of the battle for Berlin – the founders of the United Nations gathered halfway around the world in San Francisco.

21 April 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks to special event to mark the International Year on the Rapprochement of Cultures

Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang,
Distinguished panelists,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to join with you to mark the International Year on the Rapprochement of Cultures – and to highlight dialogue and understanding among peoples and faiths.

Let me explain why I believe this gathering is so vital.

We are living in a world that is rapidly changing and growing more connected.

19 April 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at opening of the Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Elders, Distinguished representatives of Indigenous Peoples' Organizations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Ninth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Many of you have traveled long distances to be here today, and I thank you very much.

Indigenous peoples often live in the most isolated places on earth – from the Arctic to the African savannah.

07 April 2010, Astana

Remarks to Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan

H.E. Mr. Kanat Saudabayev, Secretary of State,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Dederer Alexandr Fedorovich,
Chairman of Public Associations of Germans of Kazakhstan,
Members of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan,

I am honoured to meet you. I have had a tremendous journey through Central Asia. I have seen a region steeped in history -- rich in culture.

Today is the last day of my visit. Shortly I will meet President [Nursultan] Nazarbayev, and I will humbly receive the Order of Dostyk.

06 April 2010, Kurchatov

Remarks to the media at Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

I have just flown over Ground Zero, standing on Ground Zero just two kilometres from the real site of nuclear tests is a very sobering experience for me.

More than 450 nuclear bombs were tested here with a terrible effect on people and nature. They have totally destroyed our environment. Poisoned earth, rivers and lakes, children suffering from cancer, birth defects.

03 April 2010, Bishkek

Remarks to the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament of Kyrgyzstan)

Salamatsizby Urmattu Myrza Janna iymdar. (Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen)

Your Excellency Speaker Kurmanov, Honourable Members of Parliament, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The world knows Kyrgyzstan for the warmth of your freedom-loving people ... the richness of your culture ... the beauty of your ancient lands.

It is a pleasure and a great honour to be here for the first time, to see and experience all this for myself.