13 July 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Quartet

On 19 July, the Secretary-General will participate in a Quartet meeting in Lisbon. The meeting comes at a crucial moment and will be an opportunity to assess the recent events and discuss the way forward to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. In particular, the Quartet principals will confer with the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, on how best to assist the Palestinian Authority in building its institutions and economy, which are vital for the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

13 July 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Closure of Gaza

The Secretary-General is increasingly concerned about the situation in the Gaza Strip and its impact on the economic life. He notes in particular the new figures released by the World Bank which show that in the last month alone 3,190 businesses have closed down forcing over 65,000 people into unemployment. If what is left of Gaza's economy is allowed to collapse, poverty levels, already affecting an estimated two thirds of households, will rise further and the people of Gaza will become near totally aid dependent.

12 July 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the results of elections in Timor-Leste

The Court of Appeals of Timor-Leste has now formally proclaimed the results of the 30 June elections for the National Parliament.

As anticipated from the preliminary returns, five parties and two coalitions have won parliamentary seats in proportion to their share of the vote, but no single party will hold an absolute majority of the 65 seats.

The date for the commencement of the new parliament is yet to be fixed. Discussions related to the formation of a government are also being undertaken by political parties.

11 July 2007, Chatham House, London, England

Secretary-General's address at the Royal Institute of International Affairs [as prepared for delivery]

Thank you, Lord Hurd, for those kind words. It is an honour and pleasure to be here.

When I left Brussels yesterday, it was 12 degrees Celsius and hailing. Here, it was 25 degrees and sunny. Talk about climate change. I don't understand why you British are always complaining about the weather.

I confess I am also a little intimidated, Lord Hurd, at being moderated by a veteran statesman of your distinction.

11 July 2007, New York

Secretary-General's message on World Population Day

The theme of this year's World Population Day –men as partners for maternal health –focuses attention on the fundamental role of men in supporting women's rights, including their right to sexual and reproductive health.

Today, more than half a million women die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, 99 per cent of them in developing countries. Many more suffer serious complications that can have a severe impact on the quality of life for women and their families. Almost all of this death and suffering is preventable.

11 July 2007, London, England

Secretary-General's remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom [unofficial transcript]

SG: Thank you very much Mr. Prime Minister, and good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very much pleased to visit the United Kingdom at the early stage of your Premiership and congratulations on your new responsibilities and I am looking forward to working very closely with you on all the challenges [that] we address.

I am all the more appreciative of your hospitality, as I know I have arrived at a particularly challenging time for this Government and for the British people.

10 July 2007, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's address to Inaugural Global Forum on Migration and Development

Monseigneur, [Prince Philippe of Belgium]

Prime Minister,



I am honoured to welcome you to the launch of this Global Forum -- a milestone in our work to understand the connection between international migration and development, and to harness the power of one to advance the other.

Let me express my deep appreciation to His Majesty King Albert of Belgium, who is recovering from a minor procedure and could not join us today. I wish him a speedy recovery.

10 July 2007, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's remarks at a joint press conference following the opening of the Global Forum on Migration and Development

SG: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press. Thank you for coming to this press conference. I think I speak for all of us in saying how happy I am with the extraordinary turnout at this Global Forum on Migration and Development. With more than 140 countries represented we have easily exceeded 132 countries who participated in the High-level Dialogue at the United Nations in September last year. This is not only evidence of how seriously the world takes this issue.

10 July 2007, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's comments to media after his meeting with the EU High Representative, Mr. Javier Solana

SG: Thank you very much. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure for me to visit the European Union again. I have been here twice during the last six months. This is a reflection of my strong commitment to work very closely with the European Union. The European Union is an essential partner for the United Nations and I also highly value my personal relationship with High Representative Javier Solana, the very friendly and cooperative relationship between his office and my office.

09 July 2007, Lisbon, Portugal

Secretary-General's joint press conference with Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado [unofficial transcript]

SG: Thank you very much, Mr. Minister, for your kind welcome and hospitality. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the press. It is a great pleasure for me to visit Portugal at the very early stage of the presidency of the European Union, also the early stage of my tenure as Secretary-General. I am very pleased and look forward to continuously working together with the Government of Portugal and with the Presidency of the European Union.