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14 Jan 2015 - 16:00
I am concluding a two-day visit in Nepal. I came here at the request of the Secretary-General, who is personally committed to Nepal’s peace and prosperity, including the successful completion of the constitution-making process. The Secretary-General asked me to meet with Nepal’s leaders and to convey several messages:
12 Dec 2014 - 12:39 | Bujumbura, Burundi
C’est un honneur d’avoir été reçu par le Président de la République. Je lui ai transmis les salutations chaleureuses du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-Moon. J’étais accompagné du Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général au Burundi Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. Je félicité le Président de la République pour la réussite de la Table Ronde, qui s’est tenue hier et aujourd’hui avec les partenaires du Burundi. Cela a été l’occasion pour les partenaires du Burundi de poser les bases d’une coopération renforcée après la tenue d’élections crédibles et pacifiques.
11 Dec 2014 - 11:03 | Bujumbura, Burundi
Excellence, Monsieur le Président de la République Excellence, Monsieur le Premier Vice Président de la République Excellence, Monsieur le Deuxième Vice Président de la République Mesdames et Messieurs les Ministres, Monsieur le maire de Bujumbura, Monsieur le Président de la formation Burundi à la Commission de consolidation de la paix, Monsieur le Réprésentant Spécial du Secretaire general, Mesdames et Messieurs les Ambassadeurs et chefs de missions diplomatiques, Distingués invités, Mesdames et Messieurs
4 Dec 2014 - 16:30 | London United Kingdom
Distinguished Ministers and Representatives, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the government of the United Kingdom for hosting this important meeting, and extend my thanks to all present here, for reaffirming their commitment to supporting a strong, independent and forward-looking Afghanistan.   I warmly welcome President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, CEO Abdullah and the Afghan delegation to this meeting, recognising the central role that reform has played in the President’s first months in office.
19 Nov 2014 - 17:40
Your Excellency, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Your Excellency, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to be with you today. I thank our generous hosts, the Government of Denmark, and all of you for your commitment to Somalia.
19 Nov 2014 - 12:20
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,   This has been a rich day of discussions. I will not attempt to summarize all our deliberations, but let me review the salient points. First, I welcome the agreement we have heard on the need for an arrangement to ensure political unity, continuity and stability. We welcome the process initiated by IGAD to facilitate dialogue to this end. We have agreed to come together within 6 months, to evaluate progress on the political process, implementation of Vision 2016, and security.
28 Oct 2014 - 16:31 | Berlin, Germany
I am pleased to convey my greetings to this meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon. I thank the German government for hosting and recognize Prime Minister Salam for his leadership. Last month in New York, this Group expressed concern about the severe and growing challenges facing Lebanon as a result of the conflict in Syria. Continuing pressure on Lebanon’s eastern border and the weekend’s attacks on the Lebanese army in Tripoli have further highlighted the threat.
28 Oct 2014 - 11:02 | Berlin, Germany
The International Support Group for Lebanon met on Tuesday in Berlin to discuss the impact of millions of Syrian refugees in the country and the region. The Group includes representatives from the UN and its specialized agencies, the Arab League, the European Union (EU) and the five permanent members of the Security Council. It was established in 2013 to mobilize support for Lebanon's stability and state institutions in the wake of the crisis in Syria.   Chairman's Summary
13 Jan 2014 - 13:56
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, Allow me first to convey to you all the best regards and wishes of success from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. I would also like to congratulate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fudan University, the United Nations Association of China and UNITAR for organizing this event – a unique opportunity to delve into the challenges of global governance from the perspective of cooperation between China and the United Nations.
11 Dec 2013 - 19:26
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be back in Bangladesh at the behest of the Secretary-General. Since my arrival on 7 December, I have had discussions with a range of national stakeholders. I have met with the Prime Minister, the Opposition leader, the Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary, the Chief Election Commissioner, a number of senior advisors to the Prime Minister and to the Opposition leader, as well as leaders of major political parties and representatives of civil society.