Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

15 July 2008, Berlin

Address at event on "Responsible Sovereignty: International Cooperation for a Changed World"

Thank you, Minister Steinmeier, for your most generous introduction.

High Representative Solana,


Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to be with you. I commend the organizers -- Managing Global Insecurity and the Bertelsmann Foundation -- for convening this forum on responsible sovereignty, one of the defining challenges of the 21st century.

18 April 2008, General Assembly

Remarks to introduce His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the General Assembly of the United Nations

Your Holiness,


I am deeply grateful to His Holiness for accepting my invitation to visit the United Nations -- home to all men and women of faith around the world. Your Holiness, welcome to our common home.

The United Nations is a secular institution, composed of 192 States. We have six official languages but no official religion. We do not have a chapel -- though we do have a meditation room.

13 March 2008, Dakar

Secretary-General's address to the 11th Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference

Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Secrétaire général, Messieurs les Chefs d'Etat et de Gouvernement, Mesdames et Messieurs,

C'est un honneur pour moi que d'être parmi vous aujourd'hui à l'occasion du onzième Sommet de l'Organisation de la Conférence islamique. Permettez-moi de remercier d'abord notre pays hôte pour sa chaleureuse et généreuse hospitalité.


25 February 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Commission on the Status of Women

Mr. President of ECOSOC,
Distinguished Ministers,
Mr. Chairperson of the Commission,

Civil society representatives,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured and moved to be with you today.

Standing here before the Commission on the Status of Women, whose members have done so much for gender equality worldwide, I am energized by your activism and inspired by your achievements.

01 February 2008, Nairobi

Opening remarks at press conference

[Unofficial transcript] Ladies and gentlemen:

I am here today first to express my solidarity with the Kenyan people. I am extremely concerned and saddened by the level of civil strife yet unabated in this country. It has led to an intolerable level of deaths, destruction, displacement and suffering. This is unacceptable. It has to stop.

15 January 2008, Madrid

Remarks at the inauguration of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum

Prime Minister Zapatero,

Prime Minister Erdoðan,

High Representative Sampaio


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am moved and honoured to be here. This is an extraordinary gathering of leaders from every all sphere -- politics, religion, the media, the private sector and civil society.

15 November 2007, Tunis

Address to the International Conference on Terrorism: Dimensions, Threats and Counter-Measures

Let me thank the President, Government and people of the Republic of Tunisia for graciously hosting this conference. Equally, I thank the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC], whose Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [ISESCO] has been our steadfast partner in organizing it.

08 November 2007, Santiago

Address to the XVII Ibero-American Summit

Madam President,
Your Majesty,
President Vasquez,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Secretary-General Iglesias,
ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured to be with you. Let me thank our hosts, President Bachelet and the Government and people of Chile, for their warm welcome and kind hospitality.

And let me thank all of you for the steadfast support you extend to the United Nations, and to me as Secretary-General.

03 November 2007, Istanbul

Remarks at the expanded meeting of Iraq’s neighbours

I thank the Government of Turkey for hosting this gathering and for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us.

It is an honour for me to join you at this important meeting. I look forward to continuing and strengthening our joint efforts to promote peace, cooperation and well-being in Iraq and the region.

04 October 2007, General Assembly

Remarks at High-level Dialogue on inter-religious and intercultural understanding and cooperation for peace

Mr. President,

Your Excellency, Vice President Noli De Castro [Philippines]

Your Excellency, Ambassador Akram, [Pakistan]

Distinguished delegates,

Dear friends,

I am honoured to be here for this dialogue. In the nine months that I have been in office, I have travelled to all corners of the United Nations, from Kinshasa to Kabul, from Brussels to Beirut. Everywhere I have visited, and among all the different people I have met, I have encountered one common sentiment – a universal longing for peace, and an aspiration of prosperity.