Americas

17 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at World Bank Special High-Level Event on Ebola

The Ebola epidemic remains a pressing challenge.

Too many lives have been lost.

Families, communities and nations have been devastated.

Yet, over recent months, we have seen important progress.

The Presidents and governments of the affected countries have shown leadership and resolve.

Communities have adopted safe and dignified methods of caring for the sick and burying the dead.

And we have seen multilateralism at its best.

16 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at the National Press Club

It is a great honour and pleasure to meet with you, and thank you for your kind invitation.

I know you are eager to get to tonight’s “main course”; I know you have finished your main course but you must be more interested in the main course: the question and answer session. I look forward to that. But before that, let me say a few words as some food for thought.

10 April 2015, Panama City

Remarks at the Seventh Summit of the Americas

Es para mí un honor participar en esta histórica Cumbre de las Américas, y doy las gracias al Presidente Varela por su amable invitación y hospitalidad.

Las Naciones Unidas tienen un largo historial de estrecha colaboración con el pueblo y el Gobierno de Panamá, y yo valoro mucho esa relación.

Panama is known for being a bridge between two continents, and for providing passage between two great oceans.

10 April 2015, Panama City

Remarks at CEO Summit of the Americas "Working Together: Public-Private Partnership For Sustainable Development"

I am pleased to be with you at a meeting of this stature.

It is fitting that we meet in a country that acts as a bridge between two continents and provides a passage between two oceans.

For this is the year when we hope to see the completion of a bridge to a life of prosperity, equity and dignity for all, where the needs of people and planet are balanced.

Last month, I was in Sendai, Japan, for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

08 March 2015, New York

Remarks at March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights

Fellow citizens, fellow marchers, thank you for your strong commitment to gender equality!

We need global action. Thank you for your strong support.

Let me say a special thank you to all of you who are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to demonstrate our strong commitment and solidarity. I’m very grateful, as Secretary-General.

I’m asking that all the women – they must be at the front and center of our world.

When we are working for peace, when we are working for development – who will do this? That is us – human beings.

28 February 2015, Santiago

Closing remarks to High-level event on Women in Power and Decision-Making

Muchas gracias.

Let me begin by expressing my thanks to President Bachelet and all of the organizers for their hard work.

My deepest thanks to all of you for joining forces in Santiago to “build a different world.”

You came here to share your ideas and energy.

You leave here with a strong global call for action.

That call is loud and clear.

And today, we say to the world: You cannot ignore that call. You cannot put the phone on silent.

You must answer.

We have waited long enough.

27 February 2015, Santiago

Opening remarks to the press at High-level event on Women in Power and Decision-Making in Santiago

Buenos días.

Es un gran placer estar en Chile. [“Good day. It is a great pleasure to be in Chile.”]

This is my third visit to Chile. I was last here in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake. It is particularly meaningful to be here on this day that marks five years after that devastating event.

I am honoured to once again express my solidarity with the Chilean people. Your impressive efforts to recover and rebuild clearly shows your strong spirit of resilience.

27 February 2015, Santiago

Remarks at High-level event on Women in Power and Decision-Making

Thank you very much for the chance to address this important meeting in beautiful Santiago de Chile. I am delighted to see so many dynamic leaders here.

I am especially honoured by the presence of Her Excellency President Michelle Bachelet. We will always be grateful for her impressive legacy as the founding Executive Director of UN Women.

I stand before you as someone who is keenly aware of the struggle for women’s human rights.

26 February 2015, Asuncion

Address to National Congress of Paraguay

Buenos días, es un honor estar con ustedes durante mi primera visita a su hermoso país.

Me siento profundamente honrado de ser el primer Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas que visita el Paraguay en más de 50 años. Y estoy orgulloso de hacerlo durante el 70o aniversario de las Naciones Unidas.

Llego con ansias de saber más sobre su gran país … de oír los sonidos de los arpistas paraguayos, famosos en el mundo entero… ¡y, por supuesto, de disfrutar de una chipa recién hecha y de un tereré frío!

25 February 2015, Asuncion

Opening remarks at joint press briefing with President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara of Paraguay

Buenos tardes, Mba’eichapa!

Quisiera agradecer al Presidente Cartes y al pueblo del Paraguay por la cálida bienvenida que me han brindado.

Es un gran placer estar en el Paraguay en esta, mi primera visita a su hermoso país. [I want to thank President Cartes and the people of Paraguay for their warm welcome. I am so pleased to be in Paraguay for my first visit.]

I am particularly honoured to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to visit Paraguay since Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld came here in 1959.

Paraguay has come a long way since then.