Africa

14 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at launch of UNAIDS MDG6 Report in Ethiopia

The measure of success for the United Nations is not what we promise, but what we deliver for those who need us most.

When it comes to halting and beginning to reverse the AIDS epidemic, the world has delivered.

Together, we have achieved and exceeded the AIDS-related targets of Millennium Development Goal 6.

Together, we have changed the world.

As this book shows, 15 years ago, precious few people were on HIV treatment in Africa and around the world.

Today, 15 million people are on life-saving HIV treatment.

14 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Statement on agreement between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran

I warmly welcome the historic agreement in Vienna today and congratulate the P5+1 and Iran for reaching this agreement. This is testament to the value of dialogue.

I know that an immense amount of work went into this, and I admire the determination and the commitment of the negotiators – as well as the courage of the leaders who approved the deal that was so painstakingly worked out by their teams in Vienna and elsewhere.

14 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at UNIDO Forum on Financing for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

I am pleased to be a part of this important forum, and I thank UNIDO for organizing it.

This year, 2015, is a critical year for all of us.

We have the opportunity to learn from what we have achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.

And we have the opportunity to build a new development framework for our common future.

We refer to our new objectives as sustainable development goals.

14 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at UNWomen-World Bank event on Financing for Gender Equality

I thank UN Women and the World Bank Group for bringing us together to focus on the crucial issue of financing for gender equality.

From my recent review of the 20 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, it is clear that we have not invested sufficiently in gender equality.

We know that persisting gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world have been a barrier to the full achievement of each of the Millennium Development Goals.

13 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press encounter following joint meeting on South Sudan

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

I have just concluded a productive meeting on South Sudan with His Excellency Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Madame Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

We are in agreement. The conflict in South Sudan must stop.

Today, I repeat my call to President Kiir and former Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar to give up war – for the sake of the people and future of South Sudan.

13 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at “Every Woman Every Child” launch of Global Financing Facility

I am pleased to be with you today.

Since 2010, the Every Woman Every Child partnership and the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health has accelerated progress towards the health Millennium Development Goals.

We have helped save millions of lives, galvanize political leadership and attract increased financial commitments.

I am immensely proud of this progress.

Now, as we transition to the sustainable development goals, we must build on this momentum.

13 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at event on Financing Sustainable Energy For All

I am pleased to be with you.

This is the year for global action, for people and the planet.

Following this important Conference on Financing for Development, September will see the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

December will cap a monumental year when governments meet to agree a universal climate change agreement in Paris.

At the heart of all this action lies sustainable energy.

It is the golden thread that links economic growth, increased social equity and a healthy environment.

13 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at World Bank event “Billions to Trillions – Ideas to Action”

I am pleased to be with you today.

We are at a turning point for our global development agenda.

The Millennium Development Goals have significantly advanced poverty reduction and social development.

Now we must tackle the unfinished business of the MDGs, consolidate achievements and put our world on a more sustainable and equitable trajectory.

Here in Addis Ababa we are reinvigorating the global partnership for development.

13 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at event on Malaria: Financing for a New Era

I am pleased to join you at this meeting on Malaria Financing for a New Era.

We are coming to the end of an extraordinary period in the fight against malaria.

The final report on the Millennium Development Goals tells us that malaria deaths have reached an all-time low.

Our success has been a collective effort forged by partnerships.

It could not have been possible without the contributions of every part of our coalition.

13 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at opening of Third International Conference on Financing for Development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) greets Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the opening of the FFD3 conference in Addis Ababa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

I thank the Government and people of Ethiopia for their generosity and hospitality in hosting this historic Conference.

I am grateful to the many Heads of State and Government and Ministers who have joined us here to show their strong commitment to the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

2015 must be a year for global action.

In September, in New York, the international community will adopt a new set of sustainable development goals for the coming 15 years.