Combating terrorism

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.

31 August 2012, Tehran

Opening remarks at press conference at Mehrabad Airport prior to departure from Teheran

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As my visit draws to a close, I want to thank the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their warmth and hospitality.

I came to Tehran to take part in the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which provided world leaders an opportunity to come together and address pressing global issues. It also gave me a chance to raise my own views.

I also came to Iran to engage in a dialogue and frank exchange with the Iranian leadership.

29 August 2012, Tehran

Press encounter after talks with the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament

First of all I’d like to thank the Chairman of the Majlis, Parliament, Dr [Ali Ardashir] Larijani, with whom I have been communicating and meeting on matters of our common concern.

27 June 2012, General Assembly

Remarks at Symposium on Promoting Dialogue, Understanding and Countering the Appeal of Terrorism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN/JC McIlwaine

Mr. President, thank you for organizing this event, together with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force.

We are here today with a simple message:  It takes more than traditional security approaches to counter terrorism.  We must also work together to extinguish the flames of hate and intolerance that breed terrorist violence.

25 April 2012, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council meeting on "Threats to International peace and Security : Improving UN Capacity to Assist States to Counter Illicit Flows"

I thank the United States for using its presidency of the Council to draw attention to this important issue.

Across the globe, insecure borders enable the trafficking of drugs, weapons, contraband, terrorist funding, materials related to weapons of mass destruction, conflict minerals, wildlife and people.

Such illicit flows undermine state sovereignty.

They destroy communities and individual lives.

They are threats to peace and security and are rightly the focus of this Council’s close attention.

Countering them means action on many fronts.