Combating terrorism

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.

19 April 2010, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the thematic debate of the UN General Assebly on Disarmament and World Security

Your Excellency Mr President of the General Assembly, Foreign Minister [Alberto] Romulo [of the Philippines], Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured to address the General Assembly today.

I would like to thank particularly His Excellency the President of the General Assembly, Ali Abdussalam Treki, for convening this thematic debate on Disarmament and World Security.

This session could not be more timely.

There is encouraging momentum around the world for disarmament and non-proliferation.

11 December 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks on Second Anniversary of the bombing of UN Premises in Algiers

Excellencies, Dear colleagues, Dear friends;

We are here to remember, and pay tribute to, the dear colleagues and friends we lost in the horrific bomb attack in Algiers two years ago today.

It seems such a short time ago that I was in Algiers, meeting the traumatized family members and colleagues of those who were killed. I will never forget the sadness and anger I felt that day.

The attack has caused suffering and grief that will never go away. Nothing can ever justify wanton killing and destruction.

19 August 2009, UN Headquarters

Remarks to launch the First World Humanitarian Day




This is a solemn day.

I know many of you here are humanitarians who have served around the world.

Many of you have risked your lives to help others. Some of you have lost colleagues or loved ones.

Just one minute ago, I [observed] a minute of silence and paid my tribute to all our fallen distinguished colleagues 6 years ago in Baghdad including Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello.

27 March 2009, Moscow

Address to the Special Conference on Afghanistan convened under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Your Excellency Foreign Minister Lavrov,

of the Russian Federation,

Your Excellency Foreign Minister Spanta,

of Afghanistan

Honorable Ministers,


It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you today to take part in this very important meeting on Afghanistan under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on combating terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and organized crime.

26 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to seminar on UN-EU cooperation in Crisis Management and Security

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis très heureux d'être parmi vous aujourd'hui. Je remercie la France, qui assure la présidence de l'Union européenne, de nous donner l'occasion d'échanger des vues sur un sujet d'une si haute importance pour la paix et la sécurité internationales.

I should start by noting that cooperation between our organizations goes well beyond crisis management. We work together on an enormous range of policy and operational issues, from climate change, HIV/AIDS, gender and migration to emergency relief, development and peacebuilding.