Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

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.

02 October 2007, General Assembly

Remarks at the informal General Assembly Plenary Meeting on the First Observance of the International Day of Non-Violence

Mr. President, Excellency Minister Dlamini Zuma, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to address the General Assembly on the first commemoration of the International Day of Non-Violence.

The United Nations was created in the hope that humanity could not only end wars, it could eventually make them unnecessary. The founders hoped that our Organization could help stop violence by spreading a culture of peace, promoting tolerance and advancing human dignity.

30 September 2007, New York

Remarks at the Festival of Sukkot

Khug Sameyach! [Happy festival!]

I am honoured to join you for this Celebration of Understanding and harmony between the Peoples and Faiths of the World. Thank you for letting me experience the tabernacle with you.

For me, there could be no better way of celebrating the opening of the United Nations General Assembly -- an occasion on which we come together, not only as nations, but as human beings united in our yearning for peace.

15 May 2007, New York

Address on the 50th Anniversary of the Korea Society

Ambassador Gregg, Chairman of the Korea Society,
Ambassador Revere, President,
Chairman Lee,
Ambassador Hill,
Ambassador Choi,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,

It is truly a delight for my wife and me to be here. This is not like going out to dinner. This is like coming home.

In fact, it is my home. Let me welcome all of you to my residence. Owing to extensive renovation work at the official Secretary-General's residence at Sutton Place, I am still staying in this hotel.

10 May 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at General Assembly Informal Thematic Debate: "Civilizations and the Challenges for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities”

Madam President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, and Esteemed participants,

Let me thank the President of the General Assembly, Her Excellency Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, for proposing this timely and topical debate.