Africa

16 November 2016, Marrakech

Remarks at Summit African Heads of State and Government hosted by His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

Your Majesty, Mohammed VI, King of Morocco,
Distinguished heads of State and government,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

15 November 2016, Marrakech

Opening statement at Signing Ceremony on the Border Dispute between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Gabonese Republic

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and President Ali Bongo Ondimba, 
Excellencies, 
Members of the delegation of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and of the Gabonese Republic, 
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to join you to witness the signing of the special agreement on the border dispute between your two countries to be submitted to the International Court of Justice.

15 November 2016, Marrakech

Opening remarks at COP22 press conference

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to begin my day with a meeting with the distinguished members of the media. Thank you for covering this very important meeting on climate change. 

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Nous avons parcouru un long chemin au cours de la décennie passée. Chaque pays a conscience que le changement climatique est une réalité. 

Les enjeux sont plus grands que jamais. Le moment est venu d’agir ensemble pour protéger notre planète avec une détermination plus grande encore.

15 November 2016, Marrakech

Remarks to the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A salaam alekum, bonjour, good afternoon!

Je remercie Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI et le Gouvernement du Maroc d’avoir réuni la COP22 à un moment aussi crucial. Merci de votre leadership.

This is a new dawn for global cooperation on climate change.

The Paris Agreement is one of the most complex and ambitious and far-reaching vision ever reached by the United Nations, by the international community. I thank all Heads of State and government who are present here for leadership and strong commitment for their vision.

18 July 2016, Durban

Remarks at opening press conference of AIDS 2016

Sixteen years ago, Nelson Mandela addressed the International AIDS Conference in Durban. He called it “a gathering of human beings concerned about turning around one of the greatest threats humankind has faced.”

Madiba brought his towering courage to this cause. He supported all people affected by HIV. He called for access to treatment, equity and human rights.

That was a turning point that led to remarkable global progress.

17 July 2016, Nairobi

Remarks at joint press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be back in Nairobi once again on the occasion of the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

As we all know, the region is once again experiencing threats of renewed fighting in South Sudan. Kenya continues to play a pivotal role. Its contribution to regional peace and stability remains crucial.

17 July 2016, Nairobi

Remarks at the opening of UNCTAD 14

It is a privilege to join you here in Nairobi for the opening of the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

The high level of representation here is testament to the importance of this Conference.

Every four years since 1964, UNCTAD sessions have provided an opportunity for United Nations Member States to work together to redress economic inequalities in trade, finance, technology and investment.

This is the second time that an UNCTAD conference has come to Kenya.

16 July 2016, Kigali

Remarks at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Extraordinary Summit

Thank you for your invitation and your collective efforts to address the crisis in South Sudan.

Let me begin by saying I was not planning to be in Kigali, but I am here because there is a crisis and I am here because we need to urgently address it together.

I know many of you have worked hard to secure peace for the world’s youngest country – and I know all of us agree that we cannot afford South Sudan slipping back into a civil war.

11 May 2016, Antananarivo

Remarks at joint press conference with President Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar

Misaotra. [« Merci »]

Manao ahoana e! [“Good afternoon.”]

I am delighted to be in this beautiful country for the first time as United Nations Secretary-General.

I thank the Government and people for their very warm welcome.

11 May 2016, Andohatapenaka

Remarks at UN project visit: Conseil de développement d’Andohatapenaka, Madagascar

[bilingual version]

Monsieur le Ministre du Plan, Lieutenant Général Herilanto Raveloharison
Monsieur le Ministre de la Justice, Monsieur Charles Andriamiseza,
Chers membres du Conseil de développement d’Andohatapenaka,
Chers collègues de l’ONU,
Mesdames et messieurs,

Je vous remercie de l’occasion qui m’est donnée de visiter cette remarquable structure.

L’ONU est fière de prendre part à cette grande entreprise.