07 October 2021, Lagos

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

Inclusive and sustainable industrial development has a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

It lies at the heart of economic growth and creating decent jobs in Nigeria. l applaud the efforts of MAN in job creation through the advocacy and result-oriented services it provides to its members who drive manufacturing in Nigeria.  

But COVID-19 has derailed progress across all 17 SDGs.

04 October 2021, Nigeria

Deputy Secretary-General's Video Message to the Ministerial Performance Review Retreat

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, 

Thank you for inviting me to address you today.

In various countries, we are seeing stark reminders of the risk to development of poverty and economic collapse, conflict, political instability and natural disasters.

Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated lives and livelihoods and disrupted economies and societies. Today, a lopsided recovery is deepening inequalities.

14 July 2021, Osun/Online

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to Osun State University Theme “Social cohesion, equity and sustainability: Time for unity in action”.

Ladies and gentlemen, 

It is my great pleasure to address this distinguished panel at Osun State University. It is especially gratifying to do so on the occasion of Dr Folorunsho Alakija’s 70th birthday celebrations. As the first female University chancellor, Dr Alakija has been an inspiration to Nigerian women and girls. 

The theme of "Social Cohesion, Equity and Sustainability: Time for unity in Action” is especially relevant at a time when all countries in the world including Nigeria are strained by the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

25 November 2019, Abuja

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at launch of the United Nations Development Programme Report: “Scaling Fences, Voices of Irregular African Migrants to Europe” [as prepared for delivery]

Your Excellency the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Distinguished Guests,
Members of the Press
Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is my pleasure to join you for the launch of “Scaling Fences”, a new publication from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
This report gives voice to more than three thousand irregular migrants – people who left their homes across 39 African nations and traveled to Europe in search of a better life.

25 November 2019, Abuja

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at joint press conference on the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women [as prepared for delivery]

It is my honor to be here today representing the United Nations on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to mark the first day of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Starting today and over the next 16 days, all around the world, we will bring to the fore, the voices of women and girls’ survivors and activists and ensure their voices and stories are heard and action is taken.

28 February 2018, Abuja, Nigeria

Secretary-General's message to International Conference on Lake Chad

[delivered by Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative for West Africa]

I am pleased to send greetings to this International Conference on Lake Chad, and I commend the Government of Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin Commission for organizing it.
Lake Chad was once a major source of livelihoods for millions of people living throughout its basin.  Today, the lake’s water level has shrunk 90 per cent compared with what it was in the 1960s, and its surface area has decreased from 22,000 square kilometres to a mere 1,350 square kilometres.

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks to press following meeting with President Buhari of Nigeria

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen of the media,

I am honoured and pleased to visit Nigeria for the second time as Secretary-General of the United Nations. I am here to recognize such great achievements, greater stability and peace in this country under the leadership of President Buhari. And I have congratulated him on his election but more importantly on the peaceful and credible elections which have been carried out in this country. I hope this example will be emulated by many countries around the world and that this message of hope could be spread far and wide.

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks at dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights, Development, Climate Change and Countering Violent Extremism

Thank you for your warm welcome. I thank the Vice-President for his leadership, and the Foreign Ministry for so generously hosting us today. I look forward to the discussion by the esteemed panelists that will follow my remarks.

I am pleased to be accompanied by a number of my senior advisors, including Nigeria’s own Dr. Babtunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA; and my Special Advisor on development issues, Assistant Secretary-General Amina Mohammad.

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks at 4th anniversary commemoration of UN House terror attack

Thank you everyone for your warm welcome. I am standing before you, unlike normal circumstances. I am very much humbled to be with you today thinking about our fallen colleagues, 23 colleagues, and many people, staff who have been injured and still are suffering from this pain and trauma. This vicious terrorist attack happened almost 4 years ago – 3 days before—August 27.

We pay tribute to the 23 fallen colleagues, women and men who were so brutally stolen from us. We reaffirm our commitment to keep faith with their families.

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks at event "The role of Nigerian business and philanthropy in implementing the SDGs and addressing climate change"

Distinguished business leaders and philanthropists,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with such distinguished and influential business leaders.

We are here today because we share a common objective: advancing prosperity for people and for our planet.

I want to thank Mr. Aliko Dangote for helping to bring us together. I appreciate his strong support as a member of the Steering Committee of my Global Education First Initiative.

I also want to extend my deep appreciation to all of you.