Peace and Security

09 April 2007, UN Headquarters

Address to the United Nations Disarmament Commission

I am delighted to address the UN Disarmament Commission as you begin your 2007 session.  Let me congratulate you, Ambassador [ Elbio ] Rosselli , on your appointment as Commission Chairman.

Let me also express my gratitude to the outgoing Chair -- my former colleague -- Ambassador Joon Oh, for his successful efforts to advance the work of the Commission during 2006.

28 March 2007, Riyadh

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address to the League of Arab States in Riyadh

I thank Your Majesty King Abdullah and the people of Saudi Arabia for hosting this gathering, and for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to each one of us.

I also thank Secretary-General Moussa for his leadership of the League of Arab States.

It is an honour for me to join you in this Summit meeting, my first as Secretary-General of the United Nations.  I very much look forward to our meetings here in Riyadh, and to our common efforts in the weeks and months ahead to promote peace and well-being throughout the region.

16 March 2007, New York

Opening remarks to meeting on the International Compact with Iraq

Vice-President Mahdi,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you all for attending this meeting and for your commitment to the International Compact with Iraq.

The preparatory process for the Compact has been under way in Baghdad since July 2006. This process, which included two high-level meetings in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, has brought together the Government of Iraq and the international community in an effort to develop a mechanism that would help Iraq to realize its national vision.

27 February 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the opening of the 2007 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

Allow me to congratulate you and your colleagues in the Bureau on your unanimous election to the leadership of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

As we know only too well, the path to a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been filled with obstacles, frustration and tragedy.  Over the years, many thousands of innocent lives have been lost or shattered.  Hope has been episodic at best.  Far more often, despair has been the norm.

20 February 2007, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council debate on the role of the Security Council in supporting security sector reform

I am pleased to join you for this debate on a theme that lies at the heart of the Security Council's responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security and, in particular, in assisting the re-establishment of sustainable peace after violent conflict.  I am grateful to His Excellency Ján Kubiš, Foreign Minister of Slovakia, for bringing us together under this rubric.

16 February 2007, General Assembly

Statement to the General Assembly on the follow-up to the adoption of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Terrorism hurts all nations -- large and small, rich and poor.  It takes its toll on human beings of every age and income, culture and religion.  It strikes against everything the United Nations stands for.  The fight against terrorism is our common mission.

25 January 2007, Paris

Remarks at the International Donor Conference on Reconstruction in Lebanon

I am pleased to join you for this vitally important Conference.  President Chirac and the Government of France merit our gratitude for their leadership at a tumultuous time in Lebanon's history.  I am delighted to see Prime Minister Siniora and the members of his democratically elected Government.  The high level of representation here today demonstrates that Lebanon has many friends who care deeply about the country and are ready to contribute tangibly to its economic stability and general well-being.

16 January 2007, Washington, D.C.

Address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Thank you, Dr. Brzezinski, for those kind words. I feel it is I who should be praising you. You are rightly known around the world for your keen geopolitical instincts, and your uncanny ability to accurately predict world-changing events. I hope you and I can discuss this later, one to one, as a crystal ball could come in very handy in my job.

08 January 2007, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security

Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Council,

I thank you for your kind words addressed to me, and for this opportunity to meet with all of you today. I assure you of my wholehearted support and dedication to the efficient and successful work of the Council.

Before I begin I would like to pay my tribute to the former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, for his significant contributions to the work of the Organization over the past ten years.

Mr. President,

12 December 2006, Security Council

Addressing Security Council, Annan calls for ‘new and urgent push for peace’in the Middle East

Thank you very much, Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me start by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to present my report on the Middle East, and we are happy to see you here Mr. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister [Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani.]

As I told the General Assembly in September, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one regional conflict amongst many. No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge even for people far away.