Combating terrorism

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.

09 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference with victims of terrorism

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and I am grateful to all our distinguished friends and colleagues for joining us this afternoon. Thank you for joining me at this press briefing on the Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism.

04 September 2008, General Assembly

Remarks to the meeting of the General Assembly on the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Mr. President,


Distinguished guests,

Terrorism is heinous and insidious. It seeks to break spirits, to tear apart communities, to suffocate hope.

Terrorism is deeply personal. It kills our sons, daughters and mothers, our fathers, sisters and brothers. But we cannot let it destroy our families, including our UN family -- staff members who are targeted as they feed the poor, protect the weak and empower the downtrodden.

01 September 2008, Geneva

Remarks at ceremony to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad

May I ask all to rise and join me in a minute of silence. Thank you, please sit down.

Dear families of the victims,

Dear survivors,

Dear colleagues and friends, Excellencies

First, let me thank those who have traveled long distances to be here today with us. I've had the privilege of meeting some of you before, but this is the first time that we are all here together.

This is a solemn gathering, but I hope it can also be an opportunity for us to look forward.

19 August 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Solemn Ceremony marking the Fifth Anniversary of the Baghdad Bombing

Dear Family Members of the Victims, Excellencies, Mr. President of the Security Council, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, And dear friends:

Thank you for your participation this morning in this very solemn gathering, honouring the victims and wounded colleagues during the terrorist bombing five years ago in Baghdad.

I particularly take note of the presence of His Excellency Zacarias Albano da Costa, the Foreign Minister of the [Democratic] Republic of Timor-Leste. Thank you very much for your participation.

29 June 2008, Kyoto

Remarks at Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change

Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, President-elect of Kyoto University,

Distinguished panelists,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear young students,

Minasama ohayogozaimasu. Ogenkidesuka.

I am delighted to be here and it's a great honour for me as the Secretary-General of the United Nations to visit to Japan for the first time after 18 months into my office. It is also a great pleasure for me to spend a day, the first day during my official visit to Japan.

29 June 2008, Tokyo

Remarks at reception with leaders of the Global Compact Japan Network

[Spoken in Japanese.]

Toshio Arima Kaicho, Takasu Taishi and Minasama konnichiwa.

Tokyo de Kokuren no Global Compact Japan member ni oaidekite koueide gozaimasu.

Imakara Eigode Hanashimasu. [It is indeed an honor to meet in Tokyo with members of the Global Compact Japan. Now I will speak in English.]

This is a great pleasure to meet all of you. In fact, this is the first time for me to come in the public place without a tie. This is a part of my commitment to support the Japanese Government's “cool biz” to conserve energy.

24 March 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the screening of the award-winning documentary "Sergio Vieira de Mello: En Route to Baghdad"

I am pleased to welcome all of you for what promises to be a deeply moving event.

I never had the privilege of working with Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, but I know from all those who did that he was an extraordinary diplomat and a remarkable human being. His death was a profound loss not only to his family and his colleagues, but to the whole United Nations Organization itself. Everything I know of him tells me that he was a paragon among United Nations envoys.