03 July 2015, Bridgetown

Remarks at launch of UNAIDS and Lancet Commission Report: Defeating AIDS - Advancing Global Health

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today we launch a major report produced by an impressive Commission.

Heads of State and health experts joined with people living with HIV, young people, activists and other partners to give us their best recommendations in Defeating AIDS – Advancing Global Health.

A quarter of a million people in this region live with HIV. The governments here struggle to finance their responses.

The epidemic is only made worse by punitive laws and stigma. These drive vulnerability to HIV infection – and block access to life-saving treatment.

03 July 2015, Bridgetown

Remarks at interactive session with youth of Caribbean region

I am very honoured to be at the University of the West Indies.

I am delighted to see so many young people here and linked in via video. I look forward to hearing from you.

Later today, I will sit down with CARICOM leaders. But in many ways, it is fitting that I meet with you first.

I know you may be worried about the economy, about the job market, about the future.

I also know you are full of energy, ideas and solutions.

Reaching out to young people is one of my top priorities. We now have the largest generation of youth the world has ever known.

02 July 2015, Bridgetown

Opening remarks at the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community

It is a great pleasure to be with you in beautiful Bridgetown. I was proud to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to attend a CARICOM Summit. I am now most honoured to attend a second.

I thank the Caribbean Community for your invitation – and the government and people of Barbados for your hospitality.

Thank you for your “Bajan” welcome!


We are living in a world of great uncertainty and growing inequality.

Here in this region, I know young people are worried about jobs.

02 July 2015, Bridgetown

Remarks at event on Ending Violence against Women

Today I am proud to stand with you to end the devastating problem of violence against women.

The Caribbean has among the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.

Three Caribbean countries are in the global top ten for recorded rapes.

In the eastern Caribbean, UNICEF estimates that child sexual abuse rates are between 20 and 45 per cent – meaning at least one in five precious children are affected. Most are girls who have no choice but to live close to their attacker.

They desperately need our help.

02 July 2015, Bridgetown

Opening remarks at the Caribbean Sustainable Development High-Level Symposium

Your Excellency the Right Honourable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, and Chair of the Caribbean Community,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished Members of the Cabinet,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to join all of you for this High Level Symposium on sustainable economic development in the Caribbean.

And it is a special honour to do so here.

For Small Island Developing States, this space is hallowed ground.

30 June 2015, New York

Remarks for idNYC Pop-UP Booth Event

Mayor de Blasio – it is a pleasure to welcome you once again to United Nations Headquarters.

Today we join hands with our great host city for a very special initiative: by hosting a pop-up registration site for New York City’s new municipal identification card.

It is called idNYC, it is free, and soon I will have my very own idNYC. After more than eight years of calling New York home, I will finally be able to say that I am a New Yorker!

26 June 2015, Palo Alto

Remarks at Stanford University

I thank Stanford University and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center for hosting this conversation.

I am very honoured to be here again.

You are part of a grand academic tradition that has raised many important global leaders in politics and business.

You are the birthplace of household names – Hewlett Packard; Google; Netflix; Instagram, Paypal, Snapchat.

Many of my senior advisors are also Stanford alumni.

I am grateful to this institution for its contributions to the world.

26 June 2015, San Francisco

Remarks at the UN Free & Equal Lunch

I am truly honoured by this lunch and by your recognition by this medal.

It really gives me another opportunity to motivate myself, and commit myself much more than before to work for free and equal rights of everyone. I am especially thrilled to be with you on today of all days -- a day we celebrate not only the birth of the United Nations but marriage equality for all Americans. Truly, this is a day for the history books!

26 June 2015, San Francisco

Remarks to Media after "Tech and Innovation CEO Roundtable: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals [SDG's]

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to visit San Francisco to celebrate the 70th anniversary of signing of the United Nations Charter, right here in San Francisco.

On this very happy occasion I had very good opportunity of meeting successful business leaders working in this area.

We are living in very difficult times while we are trying to shape a future development agenda in a sustainable way.

26 June 2015, San Francisco

Remarks at ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Charter of the United Nations

In San Francisco, Secretary-General Ban addresses a special ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Charter. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman and Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor of California; The Honorable Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco; Distinguished Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives, Consul Generals and members of the diplomatic and consular corps; Distinguished guests, including Malala Yousafzai; Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the founding of the United Nations -- the indispensable organization I am proud to serve.