Africa

24 May 2013, Kigali

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

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.

23 May 2013, Goma

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim

As you know, we have just concluded a visit to the Heal Africa hospital.

I was deeply moved by the stories and suffering that we heard. The visit brought out strong feelings.

First, I am angry that women and girls have to endure such barbarity, here or anywhere. This must stop.

Second, I am humbled at their courage to overcome their wounds. I thank the dedicated doctors and nurses who are helping here and elsewhere.

Third, I am determined to do more to bring security and opportunity to these women and their communities.

23 May 2013, Kigali

Remarks at ceremony for the Centre of Excellence for the Fight Against Violence Against Women and Children

It is a profound honour to join you as we lay the foundation stone for this vital centre of excellence.

I see reflected in all of you, Rwanda’s strong political commitment to prevent and combat violence against women and children.

I thank President Kagame and his Government, including the members of the Security Organs.

The United Nations System has been your long-term partner in addressing all forms of violence against women and children in Rwanda.

And you have made a profound difference.

23 May 2013, Kigali

Remarks at Gisozi Genocide Memorial

This is my third visit, and the second time as Secretary-General.

Each time I have been moved to tears.

Last month I attended a solemn commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in New York.

We paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people murdered simply because of their identity.

And we acknowledged the courage and -- in many cases -- sacrifice of those who tried to shelter the victims and resist the killing.

This memorial stands on sacred ground where a quarter of a million people lie buried.

22 May 2013, Kinshasa

Opening remarks at press encounter with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and I are on an unprecedented joint visit to support the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.

I wholeheartedly welcome the extra 1 billion dollars Dr. Kim announced today to support social safety nets, cross-border trade, energy and essential infrastructure.

This is essential for helping to address the underlying causes of conflict.

22 May 2013, Kinshasa

Opening remarks at press encounter following meeting with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs de la presse.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, bon-apres-Midi, Mesdames et Messieurs.

It is a great pleasure to visit for both of us the Democratic Republic of the Congo at this time, a very crucial time, and I would like to thank his Excellency President Joseph Kabila for his warm welcome and hospitality and for his leadership in addressing peace, security and development of this great country.

21 May 2013, Maputo

Opening remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi of Mozambique

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to visit Mozambique at this crucially important timing. This is my first visit to Mozambique as Secretary-General of the United and I would like to thank President Guebuza and the people and Government of Mozambique for their very warm welcome and hospitality.

21 May 2013, Maputo

Remarks at the Instituto Superior de Relacoes Internacionais (ISRI)

Thank you for your warm welcome.

It is a pleasure to be in Mozambique and to feel the excitement and optimism of this wonderful country.

And it is an honour to be here at this prestigious institution.

This is where your future is taking shape.

This is where you are training young women and men to go out into the government, and out across the country, the continent and the world.

This is where they learn how to put skills to work for the common good.

My visit to Maputo is the first stop on a five-country journey through Africa.

21 May 2013, Maputo

Remarks at meeting with members of Mozambique's National Human Rights Commission

I am delighted to be here.

Human rights are the foundation of free and stable societies.

They are the bedrock of development.

I congratulate you all on your appointment as the first members of the National Human Rights Commission of Mozambique.

I am here to pledge the continued support of the UN system for this Commission as you work to address human rights challenges in Mozambique.

Good governance, justice, human rights and anticorruption are central to the Government’s plans to reduce poverty and accelerate development.

20 May 2013, Maputo

Remarks at roundtable event on the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Secretary-General Ban speaks at a roundtable event on the Millennium Development Goals and the post 2015, in Maputo, Mozambique. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

I am delighted to be with you.

You have so much to be proud of.

Twenty years of peace. Twenty years of progress. Twenty years of development.

You are building the foundations for a future of hope.

Today I would like to talk about that future.

Last year, at the Rio+20 conference, the governments of the world reaffirmed their commitment to sustainable development.

The outcome document -- a far-reaching roadmap -- is called ‘the future we want’.

What is the future we want?