Combating terrorism

24 September 2014, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council High-Level Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

President Obama, thank you for your leadership in convening this Security Council Summit. This is the second time that you have presided over this Council on a matter with grave implications for international peace and security.

The world is witnessing a dramatic evolution in the nature of the terrorist threat.

In the last year, terrorist attacks have killed, maimed and displaced many thousands of civilians – the vast majority of them Muslims from Afghanistan to Somalia to Nigeria… from Iraq to Libya to Mali.

13 August 2014, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press stakeout on Saudi contribution for UN counter-terrorism centre

I want to thank, most sincerely, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques His Majesty, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for this generous donation of $100 million for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre.

I had the honour of meeting His Majesty King Abdullah just last month in Jeddah and personally thanked him for his leadership on this and so many other issues.

11 June 2014, UN Headquarters

Remarks on launch the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Web Portal

I thank you, Mr. President [John Ashe], for your leadership and initiative to organize this important event on counter-terrorism.

Mr. President, if you allow me, I’d like to say a few words about the kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in Mosul, Iraq.

I was shocked to hear that these terrorists have kidnapped the Consul General of Turkey and many diplomatic officers who are working in Mosul.

This is totally unacceptable. As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am condemning in the strongest possible terms such a terrorist attack against diplomatic officers.

28 October 2013, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council High-Level Meeting on UN-OIC Cooperation

Let me begin by recognizing Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

I thank him for his many years of leadership and service. I congratulate his successor, the incoming OIC Secretary-General Dr. Iyad Madani, who also joins us today.

Last year, I was honoured to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to visit the headquarters of the OIC. I look forward to building on our partnership in the years to come.

15 January 2013, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council open debate on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Security Council meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar of Pakistan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

I am pleased to welcome Her Excellency Foreign Minister [Rabbani] Khar back to the United Nations. I thank Pakistan for convening this important debate.

As this is the first time this year, I would like to warmly welcome all the members of the Security Council and count on your leadership. At the same time I would like to warmly welcome new members of the Security Council – the distinguished representatives of Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea and Rwanda.

20 November 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee [delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General]

Today we draw attention to one of the critical factors in terrorist activities: the methods which are used to fund them. This special meeting is thus of great practical significance for global action against terrorism. On behalf of the Secretary-General I thank Ambassador Puri for using India’s Presidency of the Security Council to raise awareness of this crucial issue.

Let me make a few brief introductory remarks.

01 October 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press encounter prior to high-level meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be joined [by] Mr. Ahmed Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The Convention now has 188 States Parties. Three-quarters of the world’s declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been eliminated.

But eight states are not yet party to the Convention and the overall threat remains a serious global concern.
One of those States is the Syrian Arab Republic.

01 October 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-level Meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Thank you for coming together in support of the goal of the total elimination of chemical weapons.

The issue of chemical and biological weapons disarmament has been a longstanding item on the agenda of the United Nations. And although the Chemical Weapons Convention was many decades in the making, it was not opened for signature until 1993 – and did not enter into force until 1997.

Today, we celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Convention and the Organisation that was created to serve as its implementing body.

28 September 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level meeting on Councering Nuclear Terrorism, with a Specific Focus on Strengthening the Legal Framework

Thank you all for participating in this important High-Level Meeting. I especially thank the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office for organizing this session and for bringing together the relevant United Nations partners working on this issue.

The prospect of terrorists acquiring nuclear materials is one of the most unnerving threats imaginable. Yet some have already stated their hopes of obtaining nuclear weapons. Still others may be working in the shadows to achieve this goal.

14 September 2012, General Assembly

Remarks to opening session of the General Assembly High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

I thank the President of the General Assembly for bringing us together for this important Forum.

When we look at the suffering in our world, we know how urgently we need a culture of peace.

Fighting in Syria is taking a terrible toll on civilians. In Timbuktu, Mali, sacred sites are under attack.