Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

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.

10 August 2009, Seoul

Remarks at 39th Plenary Assembly of the World Federation of United Nations Associations

Dr. Hans Blix, President of the World Federation of UN Associations,
Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo, of the Republic of Korea,
Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan, of the Republic of Korea,
Distinguished Presidents and members of United Nations Associations,
My fellow “global citizens for the United Nations,”

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hans Blix for his outstanding leadership as President of WFUNA.

I convey my appreciation to the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for hosting this event.

17 June 2009, New York

Speech to the Foreign Policy Association

Mr. Miller, [Robert C. Miller, Director of the Foreign Policy Association],

Corporate Social responsibility Award winners Mr. Scaroni and Mr. Dougher

Excellencies,

Members of the Foreign Policy Association,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank you very much for your warm welcome.

I was also impressed by the warm welcome from the many people in front of the hotel. [referring to a demonstration on behalf of Sri Lankan Tamils]

I am deeply conscious of their concerns. I have also been deeply concerned by this issue.

16 June 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks At Seminar On Cyber Hate: Danger In Cyber Space

Excellencies, Under-Secretary-General Akasaka, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to take part in this seminar. I want to thank all the participants who have come to share your stories and join together for solutions.

Let me begin by expressing my support for the Unlearning Intolerance series and its creative efforts to foster respect and understanding around the world.

I have always believed that tolerance starts with listening.