Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

14 July 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the Launch of the Fez Plan of Action

Let me begin by thanking you for coming together in this deeply meaningful way – and on such a timely initiative.

I firmly believe in the power of faith leaders to shape our world for good. 

As High Commissioner for Refugees, I made a special effort to reach out to faith leaders. 

I did so out of personal conviction.  But I also did so for very practical reasons. 

After all, to the vast majority of people uprooted from their homes, faith is an anchor in a stormy sea of fear, loss, separation and destitution. 

18 July 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the Role of Religious Leaders in Peacebuilding in the Middle East

I want to thank the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, for organizing this important panel discussion.
I also commend the Government of Spain – and particularly Foreign Minister Alfonso María Dastis – as well as the many religious leaders gathered here for your initiative. 

07 April 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

I am honoured to be with you today, on one of the most solemn occasions on the United Nations calendar.

21 March 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Nowruz Celebration

Happy Nowruz to everyone!

I am grateful to the Ambassadors from a dozen countries celebrating Nowruz for bringing us together today.

Thank you for enabling the United Nations to be part of this timeless ceremony.

Nowruz is a new beginning. A new year. A chance to be with family and friends.

The United Nations family celebrates Nowruz because this holiday has meaning for the whole world.

Nowruz is a reminder of all that we have in common – and the richness of our diversity.

27 January 2017, General Assembly

Remarks at Observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses audience at the UN General Assembly's Observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Today is a day to remember, reflect and look forward.
We are here to honour the victims of the Holocaust, an unparalleled crime against humanity.
We are together to mourn the loss of so many and of so much.
The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others.

04 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at meeting with Civil Society Organizations to commemorate entry-into-force of Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Good morning,

Thank you for taking the time in this historical moment.

The Paris Agreement is now in force.

This is an emotional moment for me. It is a credit to all of you. And it is historic for the world.

Thank you for coming here on such short notice so we can mark this milestone together.

Thank you for standing behind me when I was giving the press stakeout.

23 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Opening of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends Ministerial Meeting

Thank you for attending this Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations. I especially appreciate Spain and Turkey for their ongoing leadership and commitment.

For nearly a decade as Secretary-General, I have tried my best to support this valuable initiative. I have attended your Forums in Madrid, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Vienna and Bali as well as annual meetings in New York.

I am proud to support the Alliance because it has such an important mission to build bridges.

16 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Peace Bell Ceremony to Commemorate the International Day of Peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rings the Peace Bell at the annual ceremony held at UN headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace (21 September). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Good morning and thank you for joining us for this Peace Bell Ceremony today.

This morning, in these calm surroundings, listening to this beautiful music, war seems very distant.

But I myself grew up in war, as did many of you. We are all closer to conflict than we may like to think.

On the International Day of Peace, we call on combatants around the world to lay down their weapons and observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

16 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at International Day of Peace Student Observance

Good morning, everyone!

I am happy to see so many young people here at the United Nations on the International Day of Peace.

Thanks to Ike Ramos and Ms. Nitty Scott for their energetic performance. 

Today is one of the most significant annual observances for the United Nations.

Building and sustaining peace is the reason for the existence of this Organization.

I am happy to share this stage with some of the individuals who help us in that task – our Messengers of Peace.

13 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Prayer Service on occasion of the opening of the 71st Session of the General Assembly

Your Excellency Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami,
Your Excellency Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly,
Your Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations,
The Most Reverend John O’Hara, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York,
The Reverend Gerald Murray, Pastor Church of Holy Family,

It is always a special pleasure to attend this annual event.