UN role and reform

14 January 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press encounter following briefing to the General Assembly on his Priorities for 2016

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you again.

Before I begin let me express my outrage over the attacks in Indonesia and Turkey and my condolences to the victims and people of those two countries.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I have just briefed the General Assembly on action we must take in the coming year. Let me reiterate two points.

First, we must get off to a fast start in implementing the two towering achievements of 2015: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

12 January 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China

Let me begin by extending deep thanks to the Republic of South Africa for its able stewardship as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China throughout such a historic year for multilateralism.

I would also like to warmly welcome Thailand’s chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, and look forward to working with you to ensure another year of success.

The year 2015 marked a turning point in our efforts to safeguard our planet and build a world of peace and sustainable prosperity for all.

23 December 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the General Assembly following adoption of the programme budget for the 2016-2017 biennium

Thank you all for adopting by consensus the programme budget for the 2016 and 2017 biennium.

Your hard work, unwavering commitment and flexible cooperation have contributed to reaching that agreement.

I applaud the Member States for this collective achievement. Our Secretariat staff were proud to support you in this successful endeavour.

17 December 2015, UN Headquarters

Statement on the External Independent Review of the UN Response to Allegations on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and other serious crimes by Members of Foreign Military Forces not under UN command in the Central African Republic

Today I received the Report of the External Independent Review of the United Nations Response to Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Central African Republic. I thank the Chair of the Panel, Ms. Marie Deschamps, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the other members, Ms. Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, and Mr. Hassan Jallow, the Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), for their important work. I accept the broad findings of the Panel’s report.

09 December 2015, Helsinki

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Sauli Niinistö of Finland

Thank you very much. I am delighted to be back in Finland again to participate in the 60th anniversary celebration and thank you for your invitation and hospitality.

President Niinistö and I just held very productive talks to strengthen our partnership. We discussed the issues of refugees and migrants coming to Europe, sustainable development, countering violent extremism and climate change.

I have just come from the Climate Change negotiations which are now being held in Paris – and I will return there from here.

20 November 2015, Security Council

Briefing to the Security Council on Peace Operations

It is a pleasure to be with you today. I am grateful to the presidency of the United Kingdom for organizing this important meeting. This is the first time the Security Council will consider the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations and my implementation report. I hope this will be the start of sustained dialogue and action to strengthen United Nations peace operations.

20 November 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Calligraphy Event

Your Excellency Ambassador LIU Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations,
Ambassador ZHANG Qiyue, Consul General of China,
Mr. ZENG Laide, Deputy President of National Academy of Paintings,
Professor ZHOU Bin,
Ms. ZHANG Yijun,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to join you. I thank the Permanent Mission of China and all those involved in making this gathering possible.

Calligraphy is one of the world’s greatest and oldest artistic traditions. It is also a shared cultural heritage of China, Japan and Korea.

04 November 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 'UN70: Moments and Milestones' Event

Your Excellency Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations,
Mr. Manny Parks, board member of the International Photographic Council,
Mr. Kelvin Miller, Corporate Vice President of LifeTouch,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you for the opening of two exhibitions of photographs to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

03 November 2015, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

Today I will speak about a most serious matter that strikes at the prestige and reputation of this General Assembly.

I have already expressed my shock at the very serious allegations against the President of the 68th session. I have also unequivocally declared that we will not tolerate corruption at the United Nations or in its name.

The Assembly must now draw larger lessons from this incident – and act with resolve.

In this effort, we can build on a tradition of responding to problems with systemic solutions.

29 October 2015, Madrid

Remarks at ceremony marking the 60th Anniversary of the Entry of Spain into the United Nations

Tengo el honor de sumarme a usted para celebrar el sexagésimo aniversario de la entrada de España en las Naciones Unidas.

Me gustaría felicitar al pueblo y al Gobierno de España y dedicar esta ceremonia a los miles de españoles que han trabajado para las Naciones Unidas a lo largo de los años, y en particular, a quienes perdieron la vida al servicio de la paz. Honramos su memoria.

Spain is a true crossroads of civilization, where different faiths have lived side by side for centuries.