Americas

18 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Global Citizen Earth Day concert

Happy Earth Day, Washington!

What a beautiful crowd!

You’ve heard great music and speeches all day.

Now I want to hear from you.

Will you support our global goal to empower women and girls?

It’s our last chance to slow global warming.

Will you speak up to get every child in school?

Will you raise your voice for people and our planet?

2015 is a time for global action.

It’s our best chance to end global poverty.

There is no Plan B because there is no Planet B.

18 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the Development Committee

Today marks the first time a United Nations Secretary-General has addressed the Development Committee, as well as the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

We meet at an unprecedented moment. 2015 is perhaps the most important year for development since the founding of the UN 70 years ago.

We have three powerful opportunities to put our world on a safer, more sustainable and equitable pathway and forge a successful post-2015 agenda.

18 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the International Monetary and Finance Committee

It is a great honour for me to participate for the first time as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Thank you for your very kind, even historic invitation. I will really cherish this honour. Thank you very much again.

We meet at a pivotal moment. 2015 is a time for global action for people and our planet Earth.

Sustainable development is our vision and mission.

This year, we have the opportunity to chart a course and a vision of sustainable development which is very ambitious – one that is both universal and adaptable to the conditions of each country.

17 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Climate Change Event

Thank you very much. I am grateful to all the participants, and especially to the organizers – World Bank President Kim and Managing Director Lagarde.

This year’s annual Spring meetings come at a critical moment. 2015 is our year to set the world on course to a more sustainable future for generations to come.

To succeed, we must advance global progress on climate change.

I welcome leaders from the public and corporate sectors. All of you are essential to success.

17 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at press conference at World Bank Spring Meetings Special High-Level Event on Ebola

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to thank Jim Kim, President of the World Bank, for organizing this gathering, together with the Presidents of the three affected countries. I would like to highly commend the leadership of the three Presidents from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

I am very glad that we are discussing the recovery of these countries when we see a reduction of the number of cases.

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.