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Lyon, France, 4 October 2012 - Secretary-General's video message for Prix Galien International Ceremony

Mesdames et messieurs,

Je remercie et salue les éminentes personnalités politiques et économiques présentes ce soir.

Je connais la longue tradition qui se perpétue à Lyon dans les domaines de pointe de la médecine et de la biologie.

L’action solidaire internationale née à Lyon porte des noms qui honorent la notion d’humanisme, d’aide d’urgence mais aussi de soutien à long terme à des populations qui en ont un profond besoin.

The city that hosts this year’s ceremony is the perfect match for the men and women who compete for the Prix Galien – some of the world’s leading members of the medical research, pharmaceutical and biotechnology communities.

I know that your work is motivated by the will to do good more than the material success of your companies.

You are helping us to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – our blueprint for eradicating poverty and disease.

I urge you to work even more closely with the United Nations as we accelerate our work as the 2015 deadline approaches. 

Congratulations to all the prize winners.  Thank you again for your innovative and important contributions to the common progress of humankind.

Thank you.


Statements on 4 October 2012