UN role and reform

10 April 2008, Moscow

Address at Moscow State University

Thank you so much for your award and high appreciation!

Dobry deen! Yab rad beet oo vas. I am profoundly grateful for the honour your celebrated institution has conferred upon me. Above all, I thank you for this moving expression of support for the United Nations on my first visit to Moscow as Secretary-General.

08 April 2008, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly Thematic Debate "Toward a Common Understanding of Management Reform"

Mr. President,


Distinguished Delegates,

I'm very grateful for the opportunity to speak with you this morning about management reform. As you know, this is one of my top priorities for the United Nations.

03 April 2008, Bucharest

Remarks to Conference on Afghanistan

It is an honour to address you. Let me start by paying tribute to President Hamid Karzai and by commending the unwavering commitment shown by NATO and the member States present here to peace, security and development in Afghanistan. The United Nations fully shares this commitment: we shall not leave Afghanistan as long as we are needed by the Afghan people.

28 March 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund

Madam Chair,


Distinguished Members of the Board,

It is a pleasure be here today, and to address the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund. Let me begin by welcoming all of you, and by congratulating the new members who have joined the Advisory Board.

How fitting that our meeting caps a week in which Bhutan embarked on the path of democracy -- assisted by UN electoral experts.

18 March 2008, General Assembly

Welcoming remarks to the Model United Nations Conference

Let me start by welcoming tomorrow’s leaders to today’s United Nations! Seeing all of you here is a timely reminder that our Organization exists to serve succeeding generations.

I am heartened to see such a large and enthusiastic group of young adults engaged in global issues. Together, you represent the United Nations as it should be -- people from all countries coming together to find solutions to problems through constructive debate and an exchange of ideas.

03 March 2008, Geneva

Remarks to the Opening of the Seventh Session of the Human Rights Council

Monsieur le Président,

Monsieur le Directeur général,

Madame la Haut-Commissaire,

Mesdames et Messieurs les membres du Conseil des droits de l'homme,

Mesdames et Messieurs les ministres,

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis honoré d'être parmi vous au début de cette septième session. Cette année sera déterminante pour les droits de l'homme partout dans le monde. Nous allons chercher à renforcer l'action du Conseil et célébrer le soixantième anniversaire de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme.

29 February 2008, College Station

Remarks at the William Waldo Cameron Forum on Public Affairs at the George Bush Presidential Library

It is a great pleasure to be with you tonight. It’s good to be here in Texas -- my first visit as Secretary-General to the Lone Star State.

It is a particular honour to be with you at the George Bush Presidential Library. I’ve always admired this American President -- a great foreign policy President and a long friend of the United Nations.

18 February 2008, Security Council

Statement to Security Council meeting on Kosovo

Thank you for this opportunity to bring to the Security Council’s attention recent developments in Kosovo.

I would like to start by joining you in extending a welcome to His Excellency Boris Tadic, President of the Republic of Serbia.

14 February 2008, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the North American Invitational Model UN

Madam Secretary-General,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am delighted to be here and to see such a large and enthusiastic group of young adults engaged in global issues. Let me recognize the Georgetown International Relations Association for successfully organizing one of the largest Model United Nations in North America.

Dear delegates,

14 February 2008, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Memorial Ceremony for Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Distinguished guests,

Tom Lantos was a dear and irreplaceable friend of the United Nations, and of mine.

Chairman Lantos' leadership on challenges confronting humankind, from AIDS to Darfur, resonated far and wide because his voice had unique authority and reach. His was a voice that stemmed from witnessing the worst in man confronted by the best in man. He knew what was possible, because he had lived through the unimaginable.