07 November 2013, Ouagadougou

Remarks at the joint meeting with the Prime Minister and Cabinet members of Burkina Faso(French and English)

Je veux remercier le Gouvernement et le peuple du Burkina Faso pour leur accueil chaleureux. Je suis très content d’être au Burkina Faso accompagné d’une délégation de très haut niveau.

Je me réjouis d’être ici pour la deuxième fois en tant que Secrétaire général.

Le Burkina Faso est la troisième étape de notre voyage.

Je suis encouragé par l’importance accordée par votre gouvernement à la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement d'ici 2015. Je réitère le soutien des Nations Unies à ces efforts.

07 November 2013, Niamey

Remarks at joint meeting with President of Niger, Prime Minister and Cabinet Members(French and English)

Monsieur le Président,

Tout d’abord, je tiens à vous présenter ainsi qu’au peuple nigérien mes condoléances pour la mort tragique de 92 migrants nigériens la semaine dernière. Je salue les efforts de votre gouvernement pour mettre fin aux réseaux criminels impliqués dans le trafic de migrants. Au nom de notre délégation conjointe, je voudrais exprimer nos remerciements très sincères pour l’hospitalité et l’accueil très chaleureux.

06 November 2013, Niamey

Remarks to the National Assembly of Niger

It is a distinct privilege to address the Members of the National Assembly of Niger. It is particularly meaningful to do so with Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group.

We are joined by Mr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank,
Mr. Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development of the European Union, and my Special Envoy for the Sahel, Mr. Romano Prodi.

Together, we are on a journey of solidarity with the people of the Sahel.

06 November 2013, Niamey

Remarks at launch of Call to Action on Demographic Issues in the Sahel Region

Good afternoon. Thank you for coming together today.

This call to action on demographic issues is based on sound statistics. But it is not about numbers. It is about people.

When we give women the education they deserve, society becomes stronger. When we protect women’s human rights, society becomes more just. And when we allow women to determine their own future, they will advance development for all.

Throughout my visit to the Sahel, I am calling on leaders to listen to girls and women. Hear their needs and concerns. Give women a voice in decision-making.

05 November 2013, Bamako

Opening comments during at joint press conference with the African Union, World Bank and European Union (English & French)

Good evening.

I am honoured to be here with such a distinguished delegation of leaders.

We are here to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Mali and the Sahel who have suffered through many humanitarian and security challenges.

We are here to show our strong political, financial and moral support.

We have just returned from Timbuktu and saw first-hand a vibrant city striving to bounce back from terrible upheaval and horrendous human rights violations.

05 November 2013, Bamako

Remarks to the Ministerial Meeting on the Sahel

I thank the Government of Mali for hosting this gathering. I commend President Keïta for his strong leadership.

I applaud the countries of the region for coming together in this way.

And I salute the people of the Sahel. You have shown great resilience in the face of great hardship.

I come here carrying one message above all: We are here for you. The international community stands with the people of the Sahel.

That solidarity is demonstrated by the impressive delegation that joins me today.

26 May 2013, Addis Ababa

Remarks at 11+4 Regional Oversight Meeting of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region

I would like to thank Dr. Dlamini-Zuma for co-organizing this first meeting of the 11+4 Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region.

I also thank all the African leaders and other participants for attending this important event.

Yesterday we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the African Union with a very moving reaffirmation of partnership and potential.

Today we address one of the biggest challenges of Africa’s past, present and future: the situation in the eastern DRC.

26 May 2013, Addis Ababa

Remarks at AIDS Watch Africa event

I am honoured to join you in celebrating Africa’s achievements over the past half-century.

This afternoon we celebrate a critical milestone -- your remarkable progress on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Once, these diseases ravaged Africa. Now they are on the decline.

The number of people who get HIV has fallen by a quarter since 2001. Nearly 13 million people have received treatment for TB. Malaria deaths are down by one third.

This dramatic turnaround was driven by each of you. You took collective action through the African Union.

25 May 2013, Addis Ababa

Remarks at ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity / African Union

Today we mark half a century of African achievement.

As we celebrate 20th-century heroes, giants and visionaries, we also look forward.

A new generation is taking the founders’ dreams into the 21st century.

Today peace prevails in most African countries.

Democracy is deepening. Civil society is mobilizing.

Economies are growing. Incomes are rising.

The narrative is changing. Hope is alive.

Of course, we know the challenges.

Too many African mothers still die in childbirth, and too many youth lack a job or an education.

24 May 2013, Entebbe

Opening remarks at press encounter after the meeting with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Members of the Ugandan Cabinet; Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, also participated

Thank you, Mr. President. It is a great pleasure to visit Uganda again. Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality, which all our delegation members are enjoying, even though it is a brief one.

Let me briefly explain to you what we have discussed and what the United Nations is going to do regarding some very critical security and development issues happening in this region.

I am also very happy to be joined by Dr. [Jim] Kim, the President of the World Bank and also you see Mrs. Mary Robinson, my Special Envoy for DRC and the Great Lakes region.