Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

17 June 2009, New York

Speech to the Foreign Policy Association

Mr. Miller, [Robert C. Miller, Director of the Foreign Policy Association],

Corporate Social responsibility Award winners Mr. Scaroni and Mr. Dougher


Members of the Foreign Policy Association,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank you very much for your warm welcome.

I was also impressed by the warm welcome from the many people in front of the hotel. [referring to a demonstration on behalf of Sri Lankan Tamils]

I am deeply conscious of their concerns. I have also been deeply concerned by this issue.

16 June 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks At Seminar On Cyber Hate: Danger In Cyber Space

Excellencies, Under-Secretary-General Akasaka, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to take part in this seminar. I want to thank all the participants who have come to share your stories and join together for solutions.

Let me begin by expressing my support for the Unlearning Intolerance series and its creative efforts to foster respect and understanding around the world.

I have always believed that tolerance starts with listening.

11 May 2009, Security Council

Remarks to the Ministerial Meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East

Mr. President,

The Council meets at the outset of a very important few weeks for the cause of peace in the Middle East. In this regard, I welcome and appreciate the participation of many distinguished ministers at this time and I appreciate the initiative of the Russian presidency.

After the inconclusive results of last year's negotiations, and the bloodshed in Gaza, the last three months witnessed almost no progress on the two key resolutions – 1850 and 1860 – recently adopted by this Council. I hope that your meeting today will help provide direction and momentum.

20 April 2009, Geneva

Opening remarks at joint press conference with High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay at the end of the first day of the Durban Review Conference

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you again.

One of the primary roles of the United Nations is to mobilize action against the pervasive violations of human rights that take place in every part of our world. The fight against racism has been a core part of that mandate since the Organization’s founding. And it is the evil of racism that I want you, as members of the media, to stress to your audiences.

20 April 2009, Geneva

Address to Durban Review Conference


Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

President of the Human Rights Council,

High Commissioner for Human Rights,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to be with you today and to open the Durban Review Conference.

There comes a time in the affairs of humankind when we must stand firm on the fundamental principles that bind us.

There comes a time to re-affirm our faith in fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of us all.

20 April 2009, Geneva

Statement on the remarks by the President of Iran at the Durban Review Conference

I deplore the use of this platform by the Iranian President to accuse, divide and even incite. This is the opposite of what this Conference seeks to achieve. This makes it significantly more difficult to build constructive solutions to the very real problem of racism.

It is deeply regrettable that my plea to look to the future of unity was not heeded by the Iranian President. At my earlier meeting with him, I stressed the importance of the Conference to galvanize the will of the international community toward the common cause of fight against racism.

17 April 2009, Princeton

Address to the Princeton Colloquium: "The Imperative for a New Multilateralism"

President Tilghman, Dean Watson, Professors, Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure and a honor to be here today and to have this precious opportunity to address such a prestigious university. So many leaders have come from Princeton university. It is truly a great pleasure to meet today with so many students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. I am impressed by the turn out in this hall. I ask you to remember me when one day I will retire as Secretary-General and may decide to take the opportunity to teach. I hope there will be this many people in the audience!

06 April 2009, Istanbul

Address to Second Alliance of Civilizations Forum

Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip] Erdoðan, President of the Government [José Luis] Rodríguez Zapatero, High Representative [Jorge] Sampaio, Distinguished heads of State and Government, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is exciting to be here. To look out at all of you, is to see a very powerful coalition for progress.

Diplomats, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and religious leaders.

Scholars and CEOs.

Young people and civil society leaders.

24 January 2009, New York

Remarks at Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, Park East Synagogue

Thank you very much, Rabbi [Arthur] Schneier, for that kind introduction.

I especially appreciate you for calling me a mensch. With apologies to those of you who do not speak Yiddish, I have to say: thank goodness he didn't call me meshugenah.

To all, I wish you Shabat Shalom.

Excellencies, distinguished Ambassadors to the United Nations,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration honoring victims of the Holocaust. This is a most important and solemn occasion.

15 December 2008, General Assembly

Remarks at concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Your Excellency the Vice President of Spain,

Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Members of the Middle East Quartet,

Maestro Barenboim,


Ladies and Gentlemen

Dear Friends,

Let me thank Her Excellency Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega and the government and people of Spain for sponsoring this concert and continuing to give such steadfast support to the United Nations. This event is a wonderful way to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its contribution to our work for global harmony and peace.