09 December 2018, Marrakech

Remarks on UN Network on Migration

It is an enormous pleasure to be with you at this magnificent venue on the eve of the opening of the intergovernmental conference to adopt the Global Compact for Migration.  

10 December 2018, Marrakech

Remarks at Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Migration

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Morocco, for hosting this important global gathering and welcoming us so warmly to this wonderful conference centre.
I thank all of you for coming together in support of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
This moment is the inspiring product of dedicated and pain-staking efforts.
I would like to express my enormous admiration for the vision and hard work that have produced the Global Compact.

10 December 2018, Marrakech

Opening remarks at joint press encounter in Marrakech with SRSG Louise Arbour

Good morning everybody. Thank you very much for your presence.
Having been for most of my life directly linked to the questions of migration, both in my official functions but also as a civil society volunteer, it was for me a very emotional moment when I saw the members of the conference unanimously, in acclamation [adopt] the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

13 September 2018, Accra

Remarks at Funeral of Kofi Annan

To Nane Annan and the Annan Family,   

To Kofi Annan’s larger family, starting with you, President Akufo-Addo and the people of his beloved Ghana, and extending to every corner of the globe,  

To the many members of the United Nations community who grieve the passing of one of our own.

Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special. 

To my mind, it is simply this:    

Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us.  

09 July 2018, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press encounter with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

Thank you very much for your presence. As I just said to the [African Union] Peace and Security Council: if the UN fails in Africa, the UN fails. On the other hand, African leadership is essential to solve African problems. If those two things are true, the only way for the UN to deliver is for a very solid and close partnership with African Union and I am extremely grateful to Chairperson Faki for the excellent development our relations have had in the recent past.

28 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press conference at the African Union Summit

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, thank you very much for your presence.
The fact that I am surrounded by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and my new Special Advisor on Africa, who in New York is essentially in charge of the economic and development cooperation of the UN with the African continent, shows that our partnership with the African Union has now gained an enormous development in this area.

27 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the consultative meeting on South Sudan with the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations

One year ago it was obvious to me that it was absolutely essential to overcome some misunderstandings of the past and to make sure that there would be a full alignment of the United Nations and the African Union and IGAD, in the conduct of the international community in addressing the problems South Sudan and the plight of the people of South Sudan. I think this alignment has been very successful. What has been achieved under the leadership of IGAD is remarkable.

27 January 2018, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the High-Level Event on “Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in African by 2025 – Five Years Later: Taking Stock of Progress and Lessons in Light of the Sustainable Development Goals”

After a period of prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise.  Africa has the highest rates of hunger in the world, and they are increasing.  Agricultural and livestock productivity in Africa is under threat.  This is largely due to conflict and climate change. 

27 October 2017, Bangui

Remarks to the National Assembly of the Central African Republic

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mbi Bala Ala Koué. [Greetings to you all.]

It is a great honour to be speaking to you and – through you – to all the people of the Central African Republic.

This is a place in which I feel very much at home, for two reasons.

23 June 2017, Kampala

Opening remarks to the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees

Your Excellency President Museveni,
All protocol observed,
Twelve years ago I became on the 15th of June High Commissioner for Refugees. On the 18th of June caught a plane to fly to Uganda to visit South Sudanese refugees to celebrate with them World Refugee Day.
This was a moment during in which the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was being established and peace between north and south was finally being achieved.