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.

26 June 2014, Malabo

Remarks at the African Union Summit in Malabo [English and French]

I thank President Obiang and the Government of Equatorial Guinea for hosting this Summit.

I am honoured to be with you today to reaffirm our enduring partnership.

Last year, I was in Addis Ababa to celebrate 50 years of African unity and achievement.

I said then that I saw a confident new narrative of hope.

The past year has consolidated that perception.

Across most of Africa, we saw stability, economic growth and continued progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

25 June 2014, Malabo

Remarks at the inauguration of the United Nations House in Equatorial Guinea

Buenas tardes, y mucho gusto.

I am honoured to be here to inaugurate this new UN House.

I thank, on behalf of the United Nations system, the Government of Equatorial Guinea for generously donating this building.

The Government has also dedicated more than $4 million for initiatives under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for the period 2013 to 2017. I understand that an additional $10 million has also been approved for development.

24 June 2014, Windhoek

Remarks at the ceremony for the official inauguration of the United Nations House in Namibia

I thank the Government of the Republic of Namibia for the invitation to officially inaugurate the UN House in Namibia together with His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

On behalf of the United Nations, I would like to thank the people and the Government of Namibia for this gift to the United Nations. The UN has a valuable history with the Namibian people. I am pleased to be here today to write another chapter in our cooperation. I am also here to show my personal commitment to strengthening UN engagement with the country.

06 May 2014, Juba

Opening remarks at press conference prior to departure from South Sudan

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for your patience.

It is less than three years since I was here to celebrate the independence of South Sudan.

The air was full of joy and hope and excitement at that time. The birth of this new nation had widespread international support and goodwill. All wanted it to succeed.

The people of Sudan had suffered for too long and fought so hard for freedom. They deserved a better future. Peace, prosperity and human rights.

Today, these dreams lie in gathering ruins.