Combating terrorism

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.

08 April 2016, Geneva

Remarks at Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Geneva Conference on preventing Violent Extremism. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Comme vous le savez, en janvier dernier, j’ai présenté à l’Assemblée générale un plan d’action pour la prévention de l’extrémisme violent. J’ai noté avec satisfaction l’appui vigoureux que celui-ci a reçu, et notamment la décision de l’Assemblée de l’approuver par consensus. Je me félicite également que vous soyez venus si nombreux ici aujourd’hui.

08 April 2016, Geneva

Opening remarks at press encounter with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

I am very much pleased to be joined by His Excellency Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

I want to sincerely thank the Swiss Government and Foreign Minister for co-hosting the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism.

I am greatly encouraged that so many Ministers and Heads of Regional and UN Organizations have come together to focus on solutions and share best practices to prevent violent extremism. We have had extremely productive discussions this morning.

30 March 2016, Stockholm

Remarks at Dag Hammarskjöld lecture: “Evolving Threats, Timeless Values: The United Nations In A Changing Global Landscape”

I thank the Government and people of Sweden for a very warm welcome.

It is a singular honour to be in this magnificent and legendary City Hall … among this most distinguished audience ... to deliver a lecture named for a towering hero of humanity.

Dag Hammarskjöld was Swede through and through, but he also belonged to the world.

I feel both privileged and humbled to be serving in the role he once filled so masterfully.

26 March 2016, Baghdad

Opening remarks at press conference following meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

As-salaam ‘alaykum

Good afternoon.

Great pleasure for me to visit Iraq again, I am pleased to be back in Baghdad for my eighth visit as Secretary-General and I am very much impressed by all the progress you have been making, particularly against Daesh.

Before I go on on specific issues, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences to the people and Government of Iraq, and particularly those members of the families affected by terrorist attacks yesterday in Iskanderiyeh, south of Baghdad.

26 March 2016, Baghdad

Address to Iraq’s Council of Representatives

I am honoured to be here again in Iraq, the cradle of civilization, this time with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and Dr. Ahmad Ali Al-Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank.

Thank you for your warm welcome.

I would like to start by offering my deepest condolences to all Iraqis, and particularly the families and friends of those killed in yesterday’s bomb attack at a football stadium in Iskanderiyeh, south of Baghdad.