Secretary-General's opening remarks at Joint Press Conference with World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim [Q & A to follow]
Kigali, Rwanda, 24 May 2013
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,
We have had a very productive and busy visit to Rwanda.
I thank the Government and people for their hospitality. And I really appreciate President Kagame’s leadershsip and his long-term vision to develop his own country and contribute to regional peace and development
In the span of a few hours, we met ex-combatants benefiting from physical and social rehabilitation.
We paid our deepest respects at the Gisozi Genocide Memorial.
We visited a One-Stop centre for victims of gender-based violence and laid the foundation for a new Centre of Excellence to help end violence against women and girls in conflict situations.
And we had very constructive meetings with President Paul Kagame and cabinet ministers of the Rwandan Government.
In a few short hours, we saw the harrowing past - and the future you are building together.
Rwanda has made remarkable progress over two decades.
You have lifted many out of poverty and are meeting the Millennium Development Goals. I am very encouraged that the Rwandan Government is now going to the meet the target of the Millennium Development Goals under the leadership of President Paul Kagame.
In fact, I would really like to thank President Paul Kagame for his leadership, chairing the Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group.
Rwanda is a pioneer of the green economy and is helping to define the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Last night, I was pleased to present to President Kagame the result of the Rwanda post-2015 consultations for sustainable development.
Rwanda has so many success stories to offer the region, the continent and the world.
I particularly commend the country’s commitment to empowering women and girls.
This commitment comes from the top, and can be seen in the record number of women represented in parliament - 56 per cent, which is more than any other country in the world.
Yesterday, I told President Kagame that I commend his leadership on this issue.
And I told him that I also count on his leadership to help bring peace and stability to the region.
As well as being a vital member of the Security Council, Rwanda is a signatory to the important Framework for peace, security and cooperation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.
It emphasizes the need to address the structural causes fuelling instability, and it commits regional actors to act.
Success will require all parties to live up to their responsibilities.
The people of the Great Lakes have endured too much suffering for too long
World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and I have come to bring a message of hope.
We are determined to support lasting peace and rapid development.
That means security and stability - and much more.
It means education, health care, human rights and good governance.
Roads, electricity, opportunity.
There can be no peace without development, and no development without peace.
Rwanda has come a long way in two decades.
Its Government and people should be proud.
But lasting peace needs the benefits of development to ripple throughout the region among all Rwanda’s neighbours.
The Framework for peace, security and cooperation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region is the best chance for peace in many years.
I am appealing to all leaders to play their part in implementing it and meeting their commitments.
Rwanda is critical to the Framework’s success.
I look forward to meeting again with President Kagame at the first meeting of the regional oversight mechanism in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
We will be in Ethiopia to celebrate 50 years of the Organisation of African Unity and African Union.
Our eyes will be firmly on the next fifty years - for north, south, east and west - and here at the heart of the continent -- Africa is poised to fulfil its vast potential.
Off-the-Cuff on 24 May 2013