04 August 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to Press following meeting with H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America

Thank you, Mr. President [Barack Obama], for your warm welcome to the Oval Office again.

I had an extremely constructive meeting with President Obama this time on the eve of a truly historic General Assembly in September, and in the aftermath of all these very historic diplomatic achievements that President Obama and the US government have been making in many areas like the Iranian nuclear deal and normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and his recent very successful visit to Africa. And all these are truly historic diplomatic achievements.

03 July 2015, Bridgetown

Opening remarks at press encounter in Barbados

Good afternoon.

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Thank you for taking the time.

It is wonderful to visit Barbados once again. This is my second time as Secretary-General of the United Nations and to have the privilege of attending a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit for my again second time as Secretary-General.

I have had a short but full visit – including very productive discussions with the Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart [of Barbados], and other government leaders yesterday.

Today I had some bilateral meetings with the leaders of the region.

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!