Combating terrorism

28 October 2015, Madrid

Remarks at the Club de Madrid Madrid+10: Global Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

I am honoured to be invited to address you on this important and timely topic.

The Club de Madrid has long distinguished itself as a useful forum where former leaders can continue to contribute their unique perspectives on the pressing challenges of our time.

Violent extremism poses a direct threat to international peace and security.

Extremist groups – such as Daesh, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram – undermine universal values of dignity and the worth of the human person.

29 September 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Leaders' Summit Countering Violent Extremism

Thank you, President Obama, for your strong leadership and very inspiring and visionary statement today. I would like to also thank you for hosting this very important Leaders’ Summit this morning, after the very successful and meaningful White House Summit meeting on Countering Violent Extremism in February, in Washington, DC.

Since then, this process has sparked serious conversations around the world to address the menace at its roots.

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks at 4th anniversary commemoration of UN House terror attack

Thank you everyone for your warm welcome. I am standing before you, unlike normal circumstances. I am very much humbled to be with you today thinking about our fallen colleagues, 23 colleagues, and many people, staff who have been injured and still are suffering from this pain and trauma. This vicious terrorist attack happened almost 4 years ago – 3 days before—August 27.

We pay tribute to the 23 fallen colleagues, women and men who were so brutally stolen from us. We reaffirm our commitment to keep faith with their families.

18 August 2015, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council on Regional Organizations and Contemporary Global Security Challenges

I welcome this opportunity to discuss regional organizations and contemporary global security challenges. I thank Her Excellency Ambassador Ogwu for Nigeria’s initiative to organize this very important meeting.

I have always valued cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations, which have gained greater influence in recent years.

Today I will focus on how to strengthen partnerships so that we can improve our collective response to evolving threats.

19 November 2014, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council's open debate on International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Security Council debate on international cooperation in combating terrorism and violent extremism. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Thank you for convening this timely high-level debate.

Let me begin by recognizing the global leadership of Australia – which this month successfully chaired the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, where I had the honour of participating, and is also presiding over the Security Council this month. You are presiding over leading Peace and Security, Economic Development and Human Rights issues this month.

I welcome the Council’s increased attention to the growing threat to international peace and security posed by terrorism and violent extremism.

07 November 2014, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at Ninth Meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre Advisory Board

Thank you very much for this opportunity to address you today.

I thank our Chairman, Ambassador Al-Mouallimi, for his able leadership, and I thank all the members for your wise guidance over the past three years. I was pleased to renew the tenure of all members for another three years. This will ensure continuity going forward.

When I addressed this Board in Jeddah in April 2012, I spoke about how terrorism was ruining lives and deferring hopes for peace.

Since then, we have seen this menace grow even more deadly.

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.