06 December 2011, Durban

Remarks to media at UNFCCC COP17

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the media. It is a great pleasure to see you.

As you may be aware, this morning I arrived from Germany, after having participated in the second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan.

Peace and development in Afghanistan will require commitment from the government and people of Afghanistan and their international partners.

It will need cooperation on broad range of issues: on peace and security, women's empowerment, on women's and children's health, and sustainable development. There are many challenges.

06 December 2011, Durban

Remarks to High Level Segment of UN Framework Convention Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP17

It is a great pleasure and privilege to be with you today.

President Zuma, we thank you – and the citizens of South Africa and particularly the citizens of Durban – for your gracious and stirring welcome.

The negotiations over the coming days will be challenging. This we know. Let us therefore determine that, in spirit, we will be as warm and generous with one another as the hospitality we have been shown.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me speak plainly.

We must be realistic about expectations for a breakthrough in Durban.

09 July 2011, Juba

Remarks at the independence ceremony of South Sudan [as prepared for delivery]

People show their euphoria as Republic of South Sudan proclaims its independence, Juba, 9 Jul '11

President Salva Kiir of the Republic of South Sudan,
Dear Citizens of the Republic of South Sudan,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the United Nations,

On behalf of the entire international community,

I greet the eight million citizens of the Republic of South Sudan, and on this great and momentous occasion, I send all of you our very best wishes for a peaceful, prosperous and happy future as the newest nation in Africa and as the newest nation on earth!

08 July 2011, Juba

Remarks at press encounter in Juba

Mr. President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Mr. Minister,

I am happy to join the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Minister, and President Kiir to celebrate the independence of South Sudan.

I am confident that this new country will soon become the newest member of the United Nations – our 193rd Member State.

I commend President Kiir on reaching today's milestone. You have walked a long road in the name of peace.

That journey continues.

South Sudan begins life as a state facing enormous challenges.

08 July 2011, Khartoum

Remarks to the media in Khartoum [As prepared for delivery]

Foreign Minister Ali Karti and I have just concluded a useful meeting.

As you know, I am on my way to Juba. I felt it was important to come to Khartoum, however briefly.

Your country shares this historic moment. Tomorrow, South Sudan gains its independence. The successful holding of the referendum and the Sudanese Government's willingness to accept the result required political courage and leadership.

I know the secession is painful, emotionally and financially. But I believe Sudan will have a bright future and continue to be a leader in the region.

25 May 2011, Addis Ababa

Remarks to Extraordinary Summit of the African Union on Peace and Security Issues in Africa [as delivered]

Your Excellency President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Your Excellency Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome the holding of this extraordinary summit of the African Union at a time of historic developments on the continent.

I know that the subject of this summit meeting is Libya. However let me say a few words on our own work in other parts of the world.

24 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks at breakfast meeting with the Governors' Forum (as prepared for delivery)


It is wonderful to be here in Nigeria - my first visit to this country as Secretary-General.

As you know, I am here to learn more about your challenges and achievements in the field of public health - and specifically on women's and children's health.

But first, let me begin with a few words on the recent elections.

This was an important test for the country and the continent.

This year Africa will see more than 20 presidential elections.

23 May 2011, Abuja

Opening remarks at joint press stakeout with Foreign Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia of Nigeria after meeting of Presidential Committee on the Status of the MDGs

Thank you, Mr. Foreign Minister, for your kind introduction. I would like to, first of all, thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his warm hospitality and leadership.

I have just attended this very important Presidential Committee on MDGs together with cabinet ministers and civil society representatives. This is a very important initiative and leadership.

23 May 2011, Abuja

Opening remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia of Nigeria

I am deeply impressed by this new building. I know that you moved just two months ago. Congratulations!

I am also here to congratulate once again your people and your country and your President [Goodluck] Jonathan on the recent elections, the very successful elections. It is a testament of your matured democracy. All international monitoring groups have witnessed that this election was conducted in a transparent and credible manner. I sincerely hope that this will give very good momentum to further build upon this successful election.

23 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks at meeting with Presidential Committee on the Status of the Millennium Development Goals

I am deeply honoured to have this opportunity, this very rare opportunity for a Secretary-General to sit together with the President of any country and with his Presidential Committee on the MDGs.

What I can tell you at this time is that [when] I have any President of our United Nations membership, like President Jonathan, exercises such a strong political leadership and political commitment and places his policy priority on the MDGs, I think we can meet these targets.