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Remarks by the Secretary-General

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Remarks at UN Global Compact Lead Dinner, Davos, 23 January 2014

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Remarks on International Anti-corruption Day High-level Plenary: "The Role of Good Governance and the Post-2013 Development Agenda" [delivered by Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General], 9 December 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Remarks at Special Event on Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, New York, 25 September 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Address to the General Assembly, New York, 24 September 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Remarks at the Luncheon Hosted on the Occasion of the Global Compact Leaders' Summit "United Nations Private Sector Forum: Africa", New York, 20 September 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World, New York, 20 September 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Remarks at LexisNexis-Atlantic Council Rule of Law Now Event, New York, 19 September 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York Stock Exchange, New York, 24 July 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council Dialogue, New York, 12 June 2013

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, KPMG Summit: Business Perspective For Sustainable Growth, New York, 14 February 2012.

Message - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Anti-Corruption Day, New York, 9 December 2011.

Message - delivered on behalf of H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, by Mr. Kim Wonsoo, Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Lunch with Ambassadors and the United Nations Global Compact Board, New York, 21 June 2011.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, High-Level Meeting on Investment and Partnerships at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries - Private Sector Track, Istanbul, 9 May 2011.

Message - delivered on behalf of H. E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, by Georg Kell, Executive Director, Global Compact, 2011 Annual Summit of Green Companies, Qingdao, China, 21-22 April 2011.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Economic Forum Session on Redefining Sustainable Development, Davos, 28 January 2011.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Launch of Global Compact LEAD Initiative, Davos, 28 January 2011.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Board Meeting, New York, 19 November 2010.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Ambassadorial Luncheon, New York, 19 November 2010.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Private Sector Forum, New York, 22 September 2010.

Opening Address - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Leaders Summit, New York, 24 June 2010.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Leaders Summit Opening Press Conference, New York, 24 June 2010.

Welcome Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Leaders Summit Welcome Session, New York, 23 June 2010.

Closing Remarks - by H.E. UN Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Ministerial Session of Global Compact Leaders Summit, New York, 23 June 2010.

Opening Remarks - by H.E. UN Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Ministerial Session of Global Compact Leaders Summit, New York, 23 June 2010.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Board Ambassadorial Luncheon, New York, 25 March 2010.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Economic and Social Council Special Event on Philanthropy, New York, 22 February 2010.

Toast - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Lunch Marking 90th Anniversary of The International Chamber Of Commerce, New York, 8 October 2009.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Leadership Forum on Climate Change, New York, 22 September 2009.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, breakfast meeting with Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and the Global Compact Japan Network, Tokyo, 1 July 2009.

Opening remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Business Summit on Climate Change, Copenhagen, 24 May 2009.

Plenary speech - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Economic Forum, Davos, 29 January 2009.

Opening remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Private Sector Forum, UN Headquarters, New York, 24 September 2008.

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, luncheon with leaders of the Global Compact Korea Network, Seoul, 04 July 2008

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meeting with the Global Compact China Network, Beijing, 02 July 2008

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, reception with leaders of the Global Compact Japan Network, Tokyo, 29 June 2008

Address - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as prepared for delivery to the Davos World Economic Forum, Davos, 24 January 2008

Message - delivered on behalf of H. E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, by Ms. Alicia Barcena, Under-Secretary-General for Management, 2007 Annual Award Dinner of the US Council for International Business, New York, 3 December 2007. 

Remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C., 11 October 2007.

Closing remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Leaders Summit, Geneva, 5 July 2007.

Opening remarks - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Global Compact Leaders Summit, Geneva, 5 July 2007.

Address to the UNA-USA Business Council for the United Nations and the Association for a Better New York - by H.E. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York (US), 10 January 2007.

 

Speeches

2014

Speech - by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact on the State of the Union between Business and Society in 2014 at the Oslo Business for Peace Summit and Award 2014, 15 May 2014, Oslo, Norway

Speech - by Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact at the CEO Water Mandate Working Conference on Corporate Water Stewardship, Collective Action, and the UN Post-2015 Agenda, 9 April 2014, Lima, Peru

2013

Remarks - by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Bentley University, 5 November 2013, Waltham, Massachusetts

Remarks - by Olajobi Makinwa, Head of Transparency and Anti-Corruption at the UN Global Compact, Fifth Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 26 November 2013, Panama City

Remarks - by Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Corporate Water Stewardship and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 19 September 2013, New York

Remarks - by Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Addressing United States Council for International Business, 18 September 2013, New York

Remarks - by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Pan African Business Conference, 24 May 2013, Addis Ababa

2012

Remarks - by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, 13 November 2013, Oslo.

Remarks - by Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel, UN Global Compact Office, New York Bar Association, 18 May 2012, New York

2009

Speech - by Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact, Rotary International - United Nations Day, 7 November, New York.

Statement - by Kiyo Akasaka, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, AdAsia 2009 Congress: The Age of Responsibility, 23 October, Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Statement - by Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR consultation on business and human rights, 5 October, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Opening Remarks - by John Ruggie, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business & Human Rights, OHCHR consultation on business and human rights, 5 October, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Speech on Private Equity - by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, at Dow Jones Private Equity Conference 2009, 16 September, New York.

Remarks - by Ursula Wynhoven, Head, Policy & Legal, UN Global Compact Office, at International Seminar on the Labour Principles of the UN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Strategy, 15 September, Seoul.

Conference Remarks - by Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact, at Principles for Responsible Investment Annual Conference, 17 July, Sydney.

Message to 2009 Annual Summit on China Green Companies - by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, 22 April, Beijing. 

Opening Remarks - by Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact, at UNI Global Union Conference, 2 April, New York.

Is Business Doing Enough? - Op-ed by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, on the Climate Blog on the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) website, 23 February 2009.

 

2008

"The Future of the Global Compact" - by Jim Baker, Co-ordinator, Council of Global Unions, October 2008

Special address - by President William J. Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States of America, at UN Private Sector Forum 24 September 2008.

Keynote speech - by Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, Republic of Korea, at "Changing Landscapes - Towards a Sustainable Economy in Asia", 17 June 2008.

"Human Rights: A Global Perspective" - by Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, Global Compact US Network Meeting, Boston, 29 April 2008.

"Ten Years After" - by Georg Kell at the Chatham House Conference "Corporate Responsibility 2008", London, UK, 12 March 2008.

Remarks - by H.E. Gunnar Wieslander, Secretary of State for Trade, Government of Sweden, at the 2008 African Private Sector Forum, Addis Ababa, 22 January 2008.

 

2007

Keynote Speech - by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change, UN Global Compact “Caring for Climate” Dinner, Bali, 10 December 2007.

Caring for Climate - Remarks by Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Global Compact Leaders Summit, Geneva, 5 July 2007.

Remarks - by Gavin Power, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Summit, San Franscisco, USA, 11 June 2007.

Remarks - by Gavin Power, Water, Power and Development Conference: Embassy of Sweden, Washington D. C., 11 April 2007.  

Keynote Remarks - by Gavin Power, Launch of Business Council on Climate Change, San Francisco, 1 March 2007. 

 

2006

Freedom From Want and Fear: The Role of the UN Global Compact  - remarks by Georg Kell, at Norwegian Confederation of Enterprise Conference, 'Business, Globalisation and Sustainable Development', Oslo, 12 December 2006.

Remarks - by Neville Isdell, Chariman of the Board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, Business for Social Responsibility 2006 Conference "Innovative Strategies - Measurable Impacts", 8 November 2006.

Opening remarks - by Gavin Power, Who Cares Wins Conference, Zurich, 28 September 2006.

Opening remarks - by Gavin Power at the "Midwest Conference on Corporate Responsibility" in Chicago, 22 June 2006.

G20 Energy and Resources Meeting - by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of Anglo-American Plc and Chair of the Board of the Global Compact Foundation, at the workshop on Natural Resources and Energy of the Finance Ministry and Central Bank Deputies of the G20, 17 June 2006, Banff/Canada. 

UN Global Compact: Financial Markets the Next Big Target | Extended Version - Interview with Georg Kell in Ethical Corporation June 2006, by editor Tobias Webb.

On Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights - by Klaus Leisinger, Special Advisor to the Secretary General on the Global Compact, April 2006.

Anti-Corruption and Corporate Citizenship - by Georg Kell at the Chatham House Conference "Corporate Responsibility 2006: Emerging Risks and Evolving Responsibilities." London, UK, 13 March 2006.

Remarks by H.E. Peter Maurer, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, on the occasion of NASDAQ Market Open.
26 January, New York

A New Mindset for the United Nations - Address by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Plenary Session of the World Economic Forum.
26 January, Davos/Switzerland

Who Cares Wins - The Convergence of Global Corporate Citizenship and Financial Markets - by Gavin Power at the Investment Management Institute Conference, 6 January 2006, Miami

 

2005

UNDP Administrator on Southern Business - Statement by Mr. Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on the occasion of the Financial Times and International Finance Corporation Conference: “ Southern Multinationals: A Rising Force in the World Economy”,  Mumbai, India, 9 November 2005. 

The Global Compact and Human Rights - Remarks by Ursula Wynhoven at the Wilton Parks Conference "Business and Human Rights - Advancing the Agenda", 10 October 2005.

The Business Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals - Speech by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Paris, France, 14 June 2005.

"Gearing Up: Why Should Businesses Invest in Improving Public Sector Governance?” - Speech by Georg Kell at Chatham House, London, UK, 17 March 2005.

 

2004

European Conference on CSR - Remarks by Georg Kell, Maastricht, Netherlands, 7 November 2004.

Annual Award Dinner of the US Council for International Business - Address by Louise Fréchette, United Nations Deptuy-Secretary-General, New York, 12 October 2004.

Remarks to Chinese Business Leaders - by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, Beijing, 11 October 2004.

Closing Remarks - by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, Global Compact Leaders Summit, New York, 24 June 2004.

Opening Remarks - by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, Global Compact Leaders Summit, New York, 24 June 2004.

Creating Public Value: Everybody's Business - Speech by John G. Ruggie, Special Advisor to the Secretary General on the Global Compact, at the Alfred Herrhausen Society
Frankfurt, 15 March 2004.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's remarks at meeting with Japanese business leaders, Tokyo, 23 February 2004.

Message to the ceremony launching the Global Compact in Egypt - by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, Cairo, 9 February 2004.

Remarks at meeting with President Chirac and business executives on the Global Compact - by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, Paris, 27 January 2004.

Address to the World Economic Forum - by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, Davos, 23 January 2004.

 

2003

Private Foreign Investment: What can the UN Global Compact do for the poorest countries  
Speech delivered by Georg Kell at the Wilton Park Conference
24 March 2003

Are UN Principles Good for Business?
Transcript of a discussion with Georg Kell recorded for the UN World Chronicle
8 January 2003

Human Rights and Corporate Accountability
Speech delivered by Mary Robinson at the Annual Vice Presidents Luncheon of "The Fund for Peace - Human Rights and Business Roundtable", Washington, D.C.
19 February 2003

 

2002

Keynote speech
(PDF, 136kb) delivered by Maurice S. Strong, Special Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General, on the occasion of the 2002 International Human Resource Forum, Beijing
15 December 2002

The Global Compact and the Challenges of Global Governance
(PDF, 132kb) - Speech given by John Ruggie at the Global Compact Learning Forum Meeting in Berlin 11-13
December 2002

The Secretary General - Address at Event Marking the 50th Anniversary of the MIT Sloan School Of Management
Cambridge
11 October 2002

The UN Global Compact and Swiss Business: Making Global Responsibility Work For Business and Development
(PDF, 132kb) - Keynote Speech given by Georg Kell to the Global Compact Symposium in Geneva, Switzerland
29 October 2002

The Secretary General - Address at Event Marking the 50th Anniversary of the MIT Sloan School Of Management
Cambridge
11 October 2002

The Secretary-General - Message to the Global Mining Initiative Conference
Toronto
12-15 May 2002

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - World Leaders Lecture - ”Beyond Good Intentions: Corporate Citizenship for a New Century
London
7 May 2002

The Deputy Secretary-General Address to the 34th Congress of the International Chamber of Commerce
Denver
6 May 2002

Joint Statement on the Global Compact by the Sectretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the International Organization of Employers
(IOE)
26 April 2002

The Secretary-General - Address at ceremony of adherence to the Global Compact
Madrid
9 April 2002

Secretary-General Calls Global Reporting Initiative a "Complement” to Compact
United Nations Headquarters
4 April 2002

The Secretary-General - Message to the World Social Forum
Porto Alegre
4 February 2002

The Secretary-General - Address to the World Economic Forum
New York
4 February 2002

The High Commissioner for Human Rights Developing an Ethical Globalization: A role for business schools?
Dublin,
Ireland 18 January 2002

 

2001

The Deputy Secretary-General Statement to Roundtable meeting on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Russian business community
Moscow
19 November 2001

Round Table Statement
Moscow
19 November 2001

The Secretary-General address to the Global Employment Forum
Geneva
1 November 2001

Making Globalization Work: Dialogue as a Keystone for Progress
Remarks by Dr. Rolf E. Breuer, CEO Deutsche Bank
23 October 2001

African Women Entrepreneurs Leadership Academy Endorses Compact
Ghana
16-24 October 2001

The High Commissioner Opening Remarks - Global Compact Dialogue on the Role of the Private Sector in Zones of Conflict
Palais Wilson
27 September 2001

Message from the Secretary-General to the General Assembly of Danish Industry
Copenhagen
20 September 2001

The Secretary -General opening remarks at Global Compact event being held in conjunction with the World Conference against Racism
Durban, South Africa
31 August 2001

“ Toward Universal Business Principles
Remarks made by Georg Kell at the Dilemmas in Competitiveness, Community and Citizenship, Business and Human Rights. London
22 May 2001

Remarks of Bill Jordan, ICFTU General Secretary
Davos
29 January 2001

 

2000

U.N. Draft Resolution - Embracing Partnership in the Context of Globalization
19 December 2000

Georg Kell - Corporate Citizenship: Defining the New Responsibilities
London
24 October 2000

Assistant Secretary-General John Ruggie Remarks to NGO Community
13 October 2000

Address by Juan Somavia to the Global Compact High-Level Meeting
New York
26 July 2000

Joint UN ICFTU statement on the Global Compact
20 January 2000

 

1999

The Secretary-General's Address to the Third Ministerial Meeting Of the World Trade Organization
Seattle
30 November 1999

Global Markets and Social Legitimacy: The Case of the ‘Global Compact' UN Secretary-General's Op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal
Toronto
4-6 November 1999

Speech by High Commissioner on Human Rights
San Francisco
3 November 1999

Kofi Annan Proposes Global Compact at Davos 1999
Davos
31 January 1999

(Last update 27 May 2014)