Africa

30 January 2012, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press conference at the African Union Summit

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

It's good to be in Addis Ababa and with all of you, once again. This is my sixth African Union summit meeting, and it is a real privilege to be here for the first time in this beautiful new complex. This is a special press conference for me each year. I'm always joined by such a large team -- some of the best and brightest minds of the United Nations on Africa. I am impressed to be here with my senior advisors.

29 January 2012, Addis Ababa

Remarks to the Summit of the African Union

President Mbasogo, Chairperson of the African Union,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government of the African Union,
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia,
Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping,
Excellencies,
Honourable Ministers,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning.

Excellencies, congratulations on this outstanding new building and beautiful hall.

09 December 2011, Mogadishu

Opening remarks at press conference in Mogadishu, Somalia

We are honoured to visit Somalia at this time. We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. We are here to convey our strong solidarity to the people of Somalia.

This morning, upon arrival, we had a series of very constructive discussions with the President and other leadership on the future and on how the international community could help the Somali Government and people.

A few years ago people tended to think of Somalia only as “famine” or “bloodshed”.

Often when I spoke about Somalia, people wanted to change the subject.

09 December 2011, Mogadishu

Opening remarks at press conference, Mogadishu, Somalia

We are honoured to visit Somalia at this time. We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. We are here to convey our strong solidarity to the people of Somalia.

This morning, upon arrival, we had a series of very constructive discussions with the President and other leadership on the future and on how the international community could help the Somali Government and people.

A few years ago people tended to think of Somalia only as “famine” or “bloodshed”.

Often when I spoke about Somalia, people wanted to change the subject.

07 December 2011, Durban

Remarks to COP-17 High-Level Ministerial Dinner [as prepared for delivery]

I am delighted to join you this evening and to see so many familiar faces.

This is the fifth Conference of Parties that I have attended, beginning with Bali in my first year as Secretary-General.

In that time we have seen important progress.

But as we all know, a great deal remains to be done to put the world on a safer, more sustainable path.

There is something different about this COP.

It is the first since the global population topped seven billion.

We have reached a new milestone as a human family.

07 December 2011, Durban

Remarks at the UNFCCC COP17 Chief Executives Board side event

I am happy to join you today.

This is the place where the United Nations really shows, demonstrates our strong commitment to work [as] one family, one United Nations. Of course we have been doing this all the time but unfortunately there is some misperceptions that the United Nations is somehow fragmented and delivering and acting independently, separately.

But under this CEB system we are really [...] as one team even though this is a once a year opportunity -- but a very good opportunity that we are showing our strong commitment.

07 December 2011, Durban

Remarks on advancing public-private partnerships for REDD+ and green growth

Last month I flew over miles and miles of devastated forest and peatland in Central Kalimantan in Indonesia.

I was travelling with Dr. Kuntoro, Minister Kuntoro -- thank you very much for your hospitality and guidance.

I met with many affected communities.

I saw the impact of deforestation and forest degradation first-hand.

Central Kalimantan's rich biological and cultural diversity makes it a fitting choice as Indonesia's pilot province for the REDD+ programme.

07 December 2011, Durban

Remarks on mobilizing long-term Climate Finance for Developing Countries

It is a great pleasure to have this opportunity.

Let me first thank Prime Minister Meles of Ethiopia, and Prime Minister Stoltenberg of Norway for their leadership on my High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.

Thanks to the work of the Prime Ministers of Ethiopia and Norway and also to the High-level Advisory Group [on Climate Change Financing] members, we know that the short- and long-term financing goals accepted in Cancun can be reached through a combination of public and private sources.

06 December 2011, Durban

Remarks at "Momentum for Change" Initiative

I am pleased to be here with you here today and it is a great honour to be part of this Momentum for Change and I would like to thank again Ms. Figueres for this very important initiative to raise awareness on the importance of this of climate change

06 December 2011, Durban

Remarks at event on "Clean Industrial Revolution" [as prepared for delivery]

I am pleased to see such a diverse group here today.

One of the main lessons I have learned during my five years as Secretary-General is that broad partnerships are the key to solving broad challenges.

When governments, the United Nations, businesses, philanthropies and civil society work hand-in-hand, we can achieve great things.

We have seen it in the field of women's and children's health and in scaling up food nutrition.

And we are applying the same proven approach to energy.

Energy is central to everything we do.