24 May 2013

Opening remarks at Joint Press Conference with World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Ban Ki-moon

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,

We have had a busy and productive visit to Rwanda.

I thank the government and people for their hospitality.

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 meaningful meetings with President Kagame and ministers.

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.

You are a pioneer of the green economy and are 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-2105 consultations.

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.

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.

Thank you.