Africa

23 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks to private sector and civil society leaders (as prepared for delivery)

Somewhere today, in Nigeria, a child is polio-free – a mother is nursing a healthy baby – a family is free of malaria – because a business or a civil society group decided to devote attention and resources to their health.

We are here tonight to celebrate these gains – and to explore how to scale them up – here in Nigeria and around the world.

I am delighted to see such high level representation here – from the private sector, from civil society – and from Government.

23 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks at the Dutse Makaranta Primary Health Care Centre

How una dey? [“How are you?”]

Yesterday, I recorded Maitama General Hospital and I am very please to visit the Dutse Makarante healh centre.

22 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks at Maitama Hospital, Abidjan

How una dey? [“How are you?”]

Thank you for your warm welcome.

I am honoured to be here at Maitama Hospital.

You are saving young mothers and their babies – and helping them look forward to a healthy future.

You are keeping others from getting sick – or helping them to get better when they are ill.

This has been a top priority for me since I became Secretary-General.

Healthy women – healthy mothers – healthy children – means healthy societies.

Health systems that work for women and children are health systems that work for all.

22 May 2011, Abidjan

Remarks at Union Des Eglises Evangeliques Services et Oeuvres (UEESO) IDP Camp at Cocody commune

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you for giving me this chance to speak with you.

Few things are more precious than normal life ... simply being able to live without worry, fear or want.

You have lost that.

Many of you have lost your homes or members of your families. You have all been witness to terrible things.

For all this I am deeply sorry. I want you to know that my heart is with you all.

That is why I am here ... to express my solidarity with you, to offer help and hope that your lives will soon return to normal.

02 April 2011, Naivasha

Remarks at visit to Olkaria Geothermal Facility

Your Excellency Mr. Kiraitu Murungi, Minister for Energy,
Your Excellency Mr. George Saitoti, Minister for Internal Security and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Mr. Ed Njoroge, Managing Director, Kenya Electricity Generating Company,
Mr. Nicholas Mariita, Manager, Olkaria Geothermal Plant,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It has been a fascinating privilege to learn today how Kenya is tapping the volcanic heat of the Great Rift Valley to generate electricity.

Kenya is not rich in oil, natural gas or coal reserves.

01 April 2011, Nairobi

Opening remarks at press conference after meeting with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,

I know you have just heard from IAEA Director-General Amano on the nuclear problem in Japan, and I will return to that topic at the end of my remarks. But first I would like to talk to you about the latest developments regarding Afghanistan, Cote d'Ivoire and Libya.

I have just received word from our mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, that there has been an attack on our operations centre in Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country.

31 March 2011, Nairobi

Opening remarks at press conference following the opening of a new UN building

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a great pleasure.

I have opened this new facility. As I said, this is a new chapter, not only for the opening - a new chapter between Kenya and the United Nations - but this is really a new chapter toward a path of a cleaner, greener [inaudible]. The United Nations is taking [the lead] by example. And I sincerely hope that this will give a good example to many countries, many companies, many United Nations agencies to follow, to work together to make a greener world for a better world.

31 March 2011, Nairobi

Remarks at the opening of a new facility at Gigiri, Nairobi

Your Excellency, President [Mwai] Kibaki,
Excellencies,
Dear colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank President Kibaki for joining us. I am also pleased to welcome members of the diplomatic community in Nairobi.

We are here to officially inaugurate this new, wonderful facility. I am so impressed by this building, I wish I could move here full-time!

This building is beautiful, comfortable and efficient. But more than any of that, this building is a living model of our sustainable future.

31 March 2011, Nairobi

Remarks at launch of his report on the 2011 General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS [as prepared for delivery]

UNAIDS Executive Director Mr. Michel Sidibé,
Ms. Rebecca Awiti [PERSON LIVING WITH HIV],
Ladies and gentlemen,

Thirty years ago, AIDS was a death sentence.

Today, people are living and striving and thriving with HIV.

Thirty years ago, AIDS challenged us to deal with some of the most sensitive aspects of human behaviour, including reproduction and sexuality. These were difficult issues to speak about, especially for women.

31 January 2011, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks to joint press conference with his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström [unofficial transcript]

Two years ago, I visited the HEAL Africa hospital in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. I met a girl there who had been gang-raped by soldiers and left for dead.

On the day of my visit, she was one of ten such cases scheduled for surgery.

It is useful to meet with these victims but we have to hear more than the painful details of their ordeals. We need to listen closely to what they are asking for: The chance to send their children to school.

A safe path to walk on without fear of attack. Opportunities for a normal life.