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.

11 May 2016, Antananarivo

Address to the Joint Congress of Senate and Assembly, including launch of the report on the cost of hunger in Madagascar

Manao ahoana tompoko! [“Good morning.”]

Faly aho tonga eto Madagasikara. Misaotra indrindra amin'ny fandraisana mahafam-po. [I am delighted to be in Madgascar. Thank you for your warm welcome.]

I thank the Government and people of Madagascar for their warm welcome to this beautiful country.

I am deeply honoured to address this Joint Congress of the Senate and Assembly.

It is especially rewarding to stand in this Parliament. Your elections last year represented an important milestone that ended five years of political crisis.

09 May 2016, Port-Louis

Opening remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth of Mauritius

Mr. Prime Minister,
Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Let me begin by thanking the Government and the people of the Republic of Mauritius for their warm welcome and solidarity.

I am very pleased to be visiting Mauritius for the first time as Secretary-General.

I am here to highlight the important leadership role that Mauritius plays among Small Island Developing States – as well as its contributions in many areas including climate action, promoting the ocean economy, and advancing sustainable development.

09 May 2016, Port-Louis

Address to International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress

I am delighted to join you in the beautiful State of Mauritius. I thank the Government and people of Mauritius for their warn hospitality and invitation to this very important conference.

I welcome this opportunity to address the distinguished members of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. You are good partners of the United Nations, and you have an important role to play in our efforts to build a better world for all..

09 May 2016, Port-Louis

Remarks at event on Sustainable Development Goals in Mauritius

“Mo bien contente visite sa jolie paie Maurice » [I’m happy to be in beautiful Mauritius. – Creole]

I first want to thank you for the film you have just shown. I am touched to see these images and I hope that they show you the work that the United Nations as a whole is doing to achieve a better world for all.

This is my first visit to Mauritius as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

I can think of no better way to spend my first morning than with all of you here today.

08 May 2016, Victoria

Remarks at the Palace of Justice, Seychelles

I am very happy to be here today.

This is my first time to visit this court. While I have been working all the time on paper, on the telephone, in meetings on how to address this piracy issue off the coast of Somalia. This is one of the very tangible work which I am proud to tell you that this is one of my works—which I have been working on very very seriously. I [have been] always on the phone with the President of Tanzania, Kenya and Seychelles on how to mobilize international solidarity.

08 May 2016, Victoria

Address to the National Assembly of the Seychelles

It is a great honour to address this National Assembly on the first visit by a United Nations Secretary-General to Seychelles.

Mersi boukou pou sa lenvitasyion tre salere. [Thank you very much for your kind invitation.]

I am particularly proud to be here as you celebrate your fortieth anniversary as a sovereign nation, and as a Member State of the United Nations.

The United Nations stood together with you during the turbulent first years of your nationhood. You have amply repaid that support over the last forty years.