Peace and Security

18 July 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

Let me first congratulate you on your appointment. Let me also welcome all Board Members to this forty-eighth session of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Thank you for making the time to attend this meeting in New York, and for offering both your energy and experience to this important process.

13 June 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the conference on "A firm and lasting peace in Central America: The pending agenda 20 years later"

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a pleasure to join you today.

I would like to thank President Oscar Arias for inviting me to address this conference. President Arias was, of course, at the very core of the Esquipulas peace process.

I am delighted that former President Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo of Guatemala, another leader of the peace process, is also participating in this event.

29 May 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at wreath-laying ceremony on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Dear colleagues and friends,

Let us begin by observing a minute of silence for our fallen colleagues.

[MINUTE OF SILENCE.]

Thank you.

United Nations peacekeeping is a model of burden-sharing among countries. But we must never forget that the brunt of this burden is borne by individuals.

15 May 2007, New York

Address on the 50th Anniversary of the Korea Society

Ambassador Gregg, Chairman of the Korea Society,
Ambassador Revere, President,
Chairman Lee,
Ambassador Hill,
Ambassador Choi,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,

It is truly a delight for my wife and me to be here. This is not like going out to dinner. This is like coming home.

In fact, it is my home. Let me welcome all of you to my residence. Owing to extensive renovation work at the official Secretary-General's residence at Sutton Place, I am still staying in this hotel.

04 May 2007, Sharm El Sheikh

Remarks at the foreign ministers' meeting on Iraq

I thank Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit for hosting this gathering and for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to each one of us.

It is an honour for me to join you at this important expanded meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Iraq and its neighbours.  I very much look forward to continuing and strengthening our common efforts in the months ahead to promote peace, cooperation and well-being in Iraq and the region.

In my recent visit to Baghdad, I witnessed first-hand many of the complex challenges that face Iraq.

03 May 2007, Sharm El Sheikh

Remarks at the launch of the International Compact with Iraq

I would like to thank all of you for participating in the launch of the International Compact with Iraq. Your presence is a clear sign of your commitment to stand in solidarity with the people and Government of Iraq at a time when they need our support.

30 April 2007, UN Headquarters

Speech to the Symposium on Enhancing the Implementation of Security Council Sanctions

I am honoured to have this opportunity to address you on the important issue of Security Council sanctions.

17 April 2007, Security Council

Statement at the Security Council debate on energy, security and climate

Thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council on this serious and timely topic.

Throughout human history, people and countries have fought over natural resources. From livestock, watering holes and fertile land, to trade routes, fish stocks and spices, sugar, oil, gold and other precious commodities, war has too often been the means to secure possession of scarce resources. Even today, the uninterrupted supply of fuel and minerals is a key element of geopolitical considerations.

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.