Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

16 March 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks at screening of "Invictus" in conjunction with the International Day for the Eliminatin of Racial Discrimination

Ambassador Sangqu,
Under-Secretary-General Akasaka,
High Commissioner Pillay,
Excellencies,
Colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank all involved in making this screening possible.

What a perfect time to see this movie:

Just four months before the first celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day, on July 18th…

Just three months before the opening kick in this year’s World Cup football tournament in South Africa on June 11th…

03 March 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Commission on the Status of Women High-Level Event marking International Women's Day - "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities and Progress for All"

Thank you very much,

Madame Chair, Maria Hinojosa,
Your Excellency Ms. Meng Xiaosi, [Head of Chinese delegation to CSW],
H. E. Mr. Audun Lysbakken, Minister of Gender Equality of Norway,
Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro,
Excellencies,
Distinguished panellists and guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

22 February 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks to opening of the "Reflective Mirror" exhibition

Mr. Dossal,

Ms. Shafi,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

My thanks to the co-organizers -- the Art Exchange Program of Her Highness Sheikha Manal Al Maktoum, and our own United Nations Office for Partnerships.

I am pleased to join with you as we inaugurate these works of art by women from the Middle East and beyond.

It is fitting that this coincides with the ECOSOC special event on engaging philanthropy to promote women's empowerment and gender equality.

17 February 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks to informal consultation on the 2010 review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Mr. President of the Security Council,
Distinguished Co-facilitators,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be here for this informal discussion to launch the 2010 review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture.

I congratulate the Permanent Representatives of Ireland, Mexico and South Africa – Ambassadors Anderson, Heller, and Sangqu – on their appointment as facilitators for this process.

The 2010 review is an important undertaking.

09 February 2010, UN Headquarters

Comments at meeting with Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations, as you assume new and very important responsibilities as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.

Your appointment is a clear demonstration of our firm commitment of the United Nations in the fight against sexual violence against women in armed conflict situations. As you know, this has been our priority agenda, not only for the United Nations but this is the high expectation of the international community.

04 November 2009, Athens

Remarks at joint press encounter with Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister.

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Kalispera sas.

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to visit Greece in my capacity as Secretary-General of the United Nations. I thank you very much for your very kind invitation and hospitality rendered to me and to my delegation by the Government of Greece and its people.

20 October 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks at unveiling of Olympic Truce Sculpture

Monsieur l'Ambassadeur [John] McNee,
Chers invités,
Chers amis,

Je suis très honoré de dévoiler cette belle sculpture, dédiée à la trêve, en l'honneur des jeux olympiques et paralympiques d'hiver de 2010 qui se tiendront à Vancouver.

Je suis heureux de savoir que cette sculpture restera à l'ONU un mois avant d'être envoyée au village olympique. C'est un symbole dynamique des liens qui existent entre les jeux olympiques internationaux et notre mouvement mondial pour la paix.

26 September 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks to ASEAN Foreign Ministers [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to join you. Our organizations are good, close partners. I look forward to our discussion. Let me offer a few opening thoughts to get us started.

First, on climate change. Thank you for your engagement in this past week's Summit. Your nations are among those on the frontlines – more vulnerable than many others to the weather-related disasters we can expect as climate change advances.

26 September 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Ministerial Meeting on the Alliance of Civilizations

Distinguished ministers,

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

This has been a very productive week at the United Nations. I count this ministerial meeting as one of our most important events during that time.

I am pleased to welcome you, and even more pleased to see more members in this Group than ever before. The Alliance is growing in both size and influence. That bodes well for our ability to counter the dangerous forces of polarization that threaten our world.

26 September 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Ministerial Working Session hosted by the Government of Switzerland to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

Your Excellency Madame Calmy-Rey, Mr. Kellenberger, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to participate in this very meaningful occasion celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions.

The adoption of the Geneva Conventions in 1949 was an attempt to defend our common humanity amid the inhumanity of war. They are a powerful assertion of human dignity over the forces of violence and disintegration. They enshrine in law the idea that even when barbarism seems all around, human rights must prevail.