28 October 2014, Addis Ababa

Remarks at inauguration of new office facility at UN Economic Commission for Africa Compound

The opening of the New Office Facility [NOF] is a milestone for the United Nations and for its already close partnership with Ethiopia and with people across Africa.

Being together under one roof means common services, economies of scale and the harmonization of our operations. Most of all, it means the United Nations is better placed to deliver better results.

27 October 2014, Addis Ababa

Remarks to the press in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s a great pleasure to visit Addis Ababa again at this time. I am very pleased to be joined by Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; and I also appreciate our partners from the African Union, the Islamic Development Bank and the European Union.

Our organizations are united in our determination to support the Horn of Africa.

11 October 2014, Tripoli

Remarks in Tripoli, Libya

Dear Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Mohammed Sha’ib
Dear Mr. Fathi Bashagha
H.E. Ms. Federica Mogherini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr. Jonathan Powell, Special Envoy of the United Kingdom
Mr. Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi, Ambassador of Italy to Libya and Special Envoy
Mr. Denis Gauer, Special Envoy of France
Mr. Joe Mangion, Special Envoy of Malta

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalamu alaykom, peace be upon you,

I am very honoured to be in Libya once again on my second visit after the revolution.

10 October 2014, Tunis

Remarks at joint rress conference with His Excellency Mr. Mongi Hamdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

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Good afternoon,

I am happy to be back in Tunisia.

I thank the Tunisian Government and people for their warm welcome.

I have come to show the UN’s solidarity with this important country at a critical time in the history of Tunisia and the region.

The United Nations has been proud to support the Tunisian people in the democratic transition. I am here to discuss how we can do more to advance this process.

Ladies and gentlemen,

10 October 2014, Tunis

Remarks at Joint Press Encounter with H.E. Mr. Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of Tunisia


Je suis ravi d’être de retour en Tunisie. Je remercie le Gouvernement et le peuple tunisiens de leur accueil chaleureux.

Le Président et moi-même venons de tenir une réunion très productive. J’ai salué la façon dont il dirige le pays, sans transiger sur les principes, en cette période critique de l’histoire de la Tunisie.

28 June 2014, Nairobi

Opening remarks to the press in Nairobi

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be back in Kenya.

I thank President Kenyatta and the Government and people of Kenya for their hospitality. I had a productive meeting with the President today.

Yesterday I attended the closing ceremony of the inaugural United Nations Environment Assembly.

The ambitious first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) concluded its five-day deliberations very late last night with 16 decisions and resolutions and a ministerial outcome document.

28 June 2014, Nairobi

Remarks at the Event on Ending Maternal Mortality

Your Excellency Madam Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be here in Nairobi to speak on a subject so close to my heart.

Maternal mortality has been one of the Millennium Development Goals where we have seen the slowest progress.

The objective of MDG5 is to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters and provide universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

Even though we have seen advances in recent years, too many women still die in childbirth or from complications related to pregnancy.

27 June 2014, Malabo

Remarks at meeting with Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change

I am glad we could meet here in the margins of the AU Summit.

The inter-related climate and post-2015 sustainable development processes present an unprecedented opportunity to limit global temperature rise, eradicate extreme poverty and sustain economic growth.

But, to meet the full scale of the climate challenge and seize the opportunities, we need an international framework that will support accelerated action by all nations and all sectors.

That is why I am hosting a Climate Summit on 23 September in New York.

27 June 2014, Nairobi

Remarks at the first UN Environment Assembly

I am delighted that I could join you at this historic meeting.

Mr President Kenyatta, I thank you for your support from the beginning of this process. Your leadership made a lot of difference to help make our environment more sustainable.

I thank the people and Governement of Kenya for their support to the work of the United Nations in Kenya. We are proud to work with you.

In the past few days, I have travelled the length and breadth of Africa.

It has been a long journey, but nothing compared with yours.

26 June 2014, Malabo

Opening remarks to the press at the African Union Summit in Malabo

I am pleased to be here for the 23rd Summit of the African Union.

This is my first visit to Malabo.

I thank President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the people of Equatorial Guinea for their warm welcome and hospitality.

I also commend President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Chairperson of the AU, and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, for their leadership.