Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

18 March 2016, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Meeting to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

I am pleased to join you to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Let us recall that the date of this annual observance is the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre of peaceful demonstrators in South Africa in 1960. I draw encouragement by how far we have come since that tragedy. But we have much distance still to travel in our work for equality for all.

29 February 2016, Geneva

Opening remarks at press encounter with Maestro Daniel Barenboim

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and Maestro [Daniel] Barenboim.

It is a pleasure for me to welcome today United Nations Messenger of Peace, Maestro Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

For the past nine years, Maestro Barenboim has used his extraordinary talent and commitment to promote peace and tolerance, the core values of our Organization, as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

10 December 2015, Paris

Opening remarks at press encounter with Civil Society

Honorable Former Vice-President Al Gore,
Ms. Emma Ruby Sachs,
Ms. May Boeve,
Dear civil society leaders with whom we have been working together.

Thank you very much for your strong commitment to work with the United Nations, to work for the people for the people of the world and to work for a very healthy planet.

Emma, we are working for your baby and many other babies who may be born, who were born already, and many other babies and children that will come to this world.

We are very much work for them.

31 October 2015, Geneva

Remarks at "Concert for the understanding of civilizations and human rights"

Good evening

It is a pleasure to be with you for what will no doubt be a memorable concert.

I thank ONUART and the Peruvian Mission for organizing this meaningful event this evening.

I thank Maestro Daniel Barenboim, UN Messenger of Peace, and all the performers for making this event possible.

This room is a fitting venue for a concert devoted to mutual respect and understanding, as it is where Member States come together to discuss human rights.

18 October 2015, Levoca

Remarks to the press at City Hall (Slovakia)

I am honoured and pleased to visit this historic city of Levoca, and I’d like to thank you for all your efforts to preserve this historical culture and heritage, and civilization and proud history of your country. That is why UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] has designated this historic city, Levoca, as world cultural heritage site.

02 October 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence


Before I begin, let me say that our thoughts are with Her Excellency Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India, who was to have been with us today but has had to return home owing to a family emergency.

I thank the Permanent Mission of India for organizing this event, which marks the International Day of Non-violence – and the birthdate of the great Mohandas Gandhi.

Earlier this year, while attending an international conference in India, I had the opportunity to visit the Sabarmati Ashram that he established.

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.