Combating terrorism

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.

17 February 2012, Vienna

Remarks on Fifteenth Anniversary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 15th anniversary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Vienna, 17 Feb '12. Photo: CTBTO

It is a great pleasure to meet you this morning.

This anniversary is an important event for the world.

And it also carries great personal meaning for me.

Visiting this Preparatory Commission, which I used to chair in 1999, is like a homecoming.

And thank you very much for this warm welcome and kind words.

I look around this room and see very familiar faces. Many of us have been working together on these issues for many years, at least for 15 years.

24 October 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Nuclear Disarmament Conference

Mr. Francis Finlay Co-Chairman of the EastWest Institute,
Mr. John Mroz, President and CEO of the EastWest Institute,
Mr. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It's a great pleasure to meet you again. As you know today is October 24th, United Nations Day. We met three years ago. This is my third time. This is quite meaningful reunion and I thank you very much. Let me begin by saying what a great pleasure to meet you all.

28 September 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Counter-Terrorism Committee Event [As delivered]

Thank you, Your Excellency Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee,

Mr. Mike Smith, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the Indian chairmanship, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and all relevant organs of the United Nations for organizing this meeting.

19 September 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Having just observed the anniversary of 9/11, we can say one thing with certainty: the threat of terrorism has not gone away.

In the past decade alone, horrific images from around the world have been seared into our memory.

But any litany of attacks tells just one side of the story, the side in which we are perpetually victimized, the side in which we are seen only on defence.

Consider instead what we here in this room know to be the full picture.