Africa

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks at 4th anniversary commemoration of UN House terror attack

Thank you everyone for your warm welcome. I am standing before you, unlike normal circumstances. I am very much humbled to be with you today thinking about our fallen colleagues, 23 colleagues, and many people, staff who have been injured and still are suffering from this pain and trauma. This vicious terrorist attack happened almost 4 years ago – 3 days before—August 27.

We pay tribute to the 23 fallen colleagues, women and men who were so brutally stolen from us. We reaffirm our commitment to keep faith with their families.

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks at event "The role of Nigerian business and philanthropy in implementing the SDGs and addressing climate change"

Distinguished business leaders and philanthropists,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with such distinguished and influential business leaders.

We are here today because we share a common objective: advancing prosperity for people and for our planet.

I want to thank Mr. Aliko Dangote for helping to bring us together. I appreciate his strong support as a member of the Steering Committee of my Global Education First Initiative.

I also want to extend my deep appreciation to all of you.

15 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks at press conference

I would like to reiterate my gratitude to the Government of Ethiopia for hosting the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

This Conference has the potential to shape international cooperation for years to come.

A successful outcome is crucial for building trust and momentum towards the adoption of an ambitious post-2015 development agenda in New York in September and a universal agreement on climate change in December in Paris.

14 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at Business Sector Steering Committee

Thank you for being here today at the International Business Forum of the UN’s Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

Member States have come together to establish a new financing framework for sustainable development.

It is clear that responsible business and investment will play a critical role.

I am pleased to see so many leaders from the private sector here today.

After a post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals are adopted in September, implementation will be the true test.

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.