Combating terrorism

22 February 2017, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on informal suggestion to create a new office for Counter-terrorism

Mr. President, 

Let me begin by thanking you for your valuable support in convening this informal meeting. 

I also want to thank all of you for your flexibility and understanding.  We had initially intended to meet two weeks ago – but Mother Nature intervened.   The snow is now gone – and it  is good to be with all of you today.  

Allow me to begin with a little context.  Today’s discussion is part of a broader effort to reach out and engage with the General Assembly on three areas of reform [that] I have mentioned in my December address.

12 February 2017, Riyadh

Opening remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Thank you very much, Honorable Minister.
I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty, the Custodian of the Holy Mosques, to His Royal Majesties, His Royal Highnesses, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince, and to His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the very warm hospitality that I was granted here in Saudi Arabia.

22 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level Special Event on "The United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Jointly Countering Challenges and Threats"

It is a great pleasure to join the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at this special meeting.
Since the founding of the Shanghai Five in 1996 and its transformation into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2001, the SCO has played an increasingly important role in fostering regional cooperation to confront the most pressing issues in Eurasia.
Your organization continues to evolve, develop new capacities and welcome new members.   

30 June 2016, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly Review of the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy

I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly and the co-facilitators, Ambassadors Martín Garcia Moritán and Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representatives of Argentina and Iceland respectively, for their hard work in steering this Fifth Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

I have been closely following the negotiations on the draft resolution and I have to admit that I am profoundly disappointed that this year of all years might be the one that does not see the adoption of a consensus resolution.

30 June 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the press after signing of the condolence book at the Permanent Mission of Turkey

Good morning.

I offer on behalf the United Nations my deepest condolences to the many victims who have been killed by these heinous terrorist attacks. And I also wish a speedy recovery to the many injured people.

There is no justification for any terrorism. Nothing can justify such kind of heinous terrorist attacks that must be defeated in the name of humanity.

At this time of sorrow, my thoughts are with many people, particularly the families of the victims and the injured people. I wish them, particularly those injured people a speedy recovery.

27 June 2016, Jerusalem

Remarks at press encounter with Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

Shalom and thank you, Mr. President, for your warm welcome to Israel.

As you know, I am in my tenth and final year as Secretary-General – and this is my eleventh visit to Israel.

I wanted to use this opportunity to meet with leaders in both Israel and Palestine to discuss the way forward. I also appreciate the chance I had earlier today to meet with innovators at Tel Aviv University who are working to build a better tomorrow.

Mr. President,

A better tomorrow also means a future free from violence.

14 June 2016, Brussels

Opening remarks to press with the President of the European Commission

Goede namiddag, dames en heren,
Bonjour, mesdames et messieurs,
(Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,)

President Juncker and I have had a wide-ranging and fruitful discussion.

I thanked him for the cooperation, commitment and support that the European Union continues to provide to the United Nations and our joint efforts.

The challenges that the EU and the international community face today require strong partnerships.

On 22 March, we grieved with Brussels as this vibrant and diverse city experienced horrific violence.

27 April 2016, Vienna

Remarks at Panel Discussion on CTBT@20

Thank you Dr Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of CTBTO, Your Excellency, Mr. Michael Spindelegger, former Vice Chancellor, Minister of Foreign Minister and Finance Minister of Austria, with whom I have worked very closely, thank you for your leadership and commitment, Your Excellency, Ms. Susan le Jeune D’Allegeershecque, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in Vienna and member of the CTBT Group of Eminent Persons. And I would like to also thank Sanam Shantyaei of France 24 and Julian Borger of the Guardian News & Media.

20 April 2016, The Hague

Remarks to Members of Parliamentary Committees of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Thank you for your welcome.

I am honoured to meet with the members of the Dutch parliament today.

This is my sixth visit to the Netherlands as Secretary-General.

Every time I come I am heartened by the Dutch people’s commitment to inclusiveness, diversity, international cooperation and civil liberties.

The contribution of the Netherlands to the work of the United Nations touches on all aspects of the Organization’s work: peace and security, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance.

The Netherlands is a key partner of UN peacekeeping.

14 April 2016, Security Council

Remarks to the open debate of the Security Council on Countering Terrorism

I thank His Excellency Ambassador Liu Jiyie, President of the Security Council, for convening today’s open debate on countering terrorism.

It is clear that both terrorism and the violent extremism that can be conducive to terrorism are at the top of the international agenda.