Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

09 September 2015, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly High-Level Forum on Culture of Peace

Today’s meeting is about the very hard truths in our world – where people are suffering and dying from violence and atrocity crimes.

Syria is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis today. I have condemned the parties – especially the Government – for reported grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In Syria, Iraq and beyond, we are doing everything possible to save lives.

10 August 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Event to Commemorate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

I am pleased to be with you to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

This year the United Nations is celebrating its seventieth anniversary and the decades of work carried out by the international community for the benefit of people around the world.

One important milestone was the adoption by the General Assembly in 2007of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration has helped improve the lives and prospects of indigenous peoples, but we must do more in this watershed year for human development.

06 July 2015, Oslo

Remarks to Humanitarian Forum on the role of civil society in humanitarian emergencies

Jeg er glad for å besøke Norge! [I am pleased to be visiting Norway]

I thank the Government of Norway and the Norwegian Red Cross for hosting this important event. I am pleased to be in Oslo in this crucially important year for sustainable development and humanitarian action.

I am especially happy to be here not only with such good friends of the United Nations, but also some very good friends of mine.

11 June 2015, Osh

Remarks to Civil Society and Local Authorities

Distinguished participants,

I am pleased to address the representatives of Kyrgyzstan’s vibrant civil society.

I am told the number of registered civil society organizations in this country runs into the thousands.

This is a healthy sign, setting Kyrgyzstan apart, and speaking to the openness and democratic space of your country.

I want to thank you for your leadership and strong commitment -- in particular -- for your contributions in the wake of the tragic events of 2010.

You worked closely and broadly for conflict-prevention and early recovery.

10 June 2015, Astana

Remarks to press with Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan

It is a great honor and privilege for me to carry out two important events today - first of all, I was very much privileged to open this new, very excellent United Nations House. This should be our common working place, and I would like to sincerely thank the Government and people of Kazakhstan for their strong support for the United Nations.

And I also thank the personal presence of Foreign Minister [Erlan] Idrissov, despite his very busy schedule.

10 June 2015, Astana

Remarks to Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions: "Promoting Dialogue for Peace and Prosperity in Turbulent Times"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in Astana, Kazakhstan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

I am honoured to address this Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in the beautiful Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

Let me begin by recognizing the hospitality of His Excellency President [Nursultan] Nazarbayev
and the Government and people of Kazakhstan.

Thank you for your timely initiative to promote a much needed dialogue between religious and political leaders from around the world to enhance understanding, and build a culture of cooperation and mutual respect.

25 May 2015, Dublin

Iveagh Lecture at Dublin Castle

Dia dhaoibh! [Hello!]

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am honoured to visit Ireland at this time, a crucially important time for Ireland. Congratulations – Ireland is celebrating 60th anniversary of your admission into the United Nations world organisation. We are now celebrating [our] 70th anniversary. What is more important is that it is not the age, how old you are, but what you have achieved, what you can do for humanity in the coming years. That is why I am here. I wanted to have a much, much [more] strengthened partnership between Ireland and the United Nations.

16 May 2015, New York

Remarks at Manhattan Chamber Music Festival

Your Excellency Ambassador Edita Hrdá of the Czech Republic, Dear Maestro Gum Nanse, Mr. Ryu Jin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Poongsan Group, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening,

I am delighted to be here. It is wonderful to see so many distinguished colleagues and friends.

I sincerely thank Chairman Ryu and other Korean business leaders for sponsoring this exceptional Manhattan Chamber Music Festival. I applaud Maestro Gum and all the incredible musicians here tonight.

30 April 2015, Paris

Remarks at International Jazz Day Concert

Thank you so much, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

I am grateful to UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for consistently supporting the United Nations.

I especially appreciate all the performers who brought their talents here tonight.

This concert is a mini-United Nations with musicians from around the world.

They speak the same language.

The language of jazz.

What a great spirit. It really inspires me.

Sometimes, when I hit a very tough wall, I listen to jazz.

22 April 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press encounter following General Assembly debate on "Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation: Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism"

Mr. President [Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly], Mr. High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Your Eminences, Your Holinesses, respective religious leaders,

And good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen of the media; thank you for this opportunity.