Americas

21 November 2014, Washington, D.C.

Opening remarks to media on Ebola

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you for your time. And I am glad that I have an opportunity to speak about Ebola.

We have just had an in-depth, extensive discussion among the Chief Executives of the United Nations system on Ebola.

We are determined to do everything in our power to help the affected countries to stop the outbreak of Ebola, treat the infected people and ensure that all essential services are provided, and preserve stability of the country and prevent outbreaks in the country and prevent further spread to other countries.

16 October 2014, New York

Remarks at the Asia Society Game Changer Awards and Dinner

Ms. Josette Sheeran, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Society,
Distinguished Trustees and Members of the Society,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank my good friend Josette Sheeran for her leadership of the Asia Society since taking the helm last year. She made remarkable contributions to the United Nations when she was “one of us”, and she will always be a part of the UN family.

It is a pleasure to join you this evening.

You have come together to celebrate an array of remarkable Asians.

09 October 2014, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to World Bank Meeting on Post-2015 Financing for Development

It is a pleasure to be with you to discuss the question of financing for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The key year of 2015 is fast approaching. We have three priorities to focus on in the coming months.

First, we must accelerate our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This would give us the best possible launching pad for the next generation of goals.

Second, we have to agree on a transformative post-2015 development agenda.

Third, we need to achieve a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris.

09 October 2014, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at World Bank Conference on Clean Water, Improved Sanitation, and Better Health for Haiti

I would like to thank Dr. Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank, who has organized this very important and timely meeting to support Haiti.

And I would also like to welcome, it is a great pleasure to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe of Haiti and distinguished ministers from Haiti. Your participation really means a strong commitment on your part to work with the United Nations, the World Bank and the members of the international community.

09 October 2014, Washington, D.C.

Remarks on the Ebola Epidemic

The West Africans are scared. They need our urgent help.

The world fears Ebola too. That is why we are here.

The best antidote to fear is an effective and urgent response. We need a 20-fold resource mobilization.

We meet today to build on the High-Level Meeting on Ebola that I convened about ten days ago with President Obama and other leaders at UN Headquarters.

We have five priorities.

First: we must stop the outbreak.

Second, we must treat the infected people.

Third, we must provide essential services.

27 September 2014, New York

Remarks to Global Citizen Festival

Hello Global Citizens!

Our world needs more solar power and wind power.

But I believe in an even stronger source of energy: People power!

The United Nations has heard your voices tonight.

Loud and clear.

You are the generation that can end extreme poverty by 2030.

I commit to challenge world leaders to develop the most ambitious set of sustainable development goals.

And I commit to bring your voices to the table.

A better world is around the corner.

21 September 2014, New York

Press encounter at the People’s Climate March

I am overwhelmed by such a strong power, energy and voice of people - I hope this voice will be truly reflected to the leaders when they meet on September 23rd. Climate change is [a] defining issue of our time and there is no time to lose. If we do not take action now, we will have to pay much more. They have raised their voice, they have shown their power to change the mind set of people and I hope that this power will help -- and the heat will help -- cool the global temperature rise within 2 degree Centigrade.

20 September 2014, New York

Remarks at the HeForShe special event

Thank you all for joining this special event.

I am especially grateful to UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for launching a campaign for gender equality that is about men and boys.

I am honoured to welcome our wonderful new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson. Thank you so much for shining your spotlight on this lifesaving work.

I consider myself a champion of women’s equality.

I remember one conference of business executives where I said I would walk out the next year if I didn’t see more women in the room!

15 September 2014, New York

Remarks at the Church of the Holy Family

Thank you for your warm welcome. Each year I look forward to joining you. I do so safe in the knowledge that this service is the calm before the storm of events, meetings and photo calls that is the General Assembly!

An evening like this reminds us that many people around the world turn to faith as a source of guidance and inspiration.

Yet today, too often, we also see the opposite.

Instead of protection, faith is used as a weapon.

This disturbing trend is not the province of any one religion.

30 July 2014, San Jose

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz of the Republic of Costa Rica

Estoy muy feliz de estar en Costa Rica.

Es un placer para mi realizar mi primer viaje a Costa Rica como Secretario General y estar en su hermoso pais.

Since arriving this morning, I have met with President [Luis Guillermo] Solís and Foreign Minister [Manuel] González. We discussed security in Central America, the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 development agenda, climate change, and many other issues relating to disarmament and peace and security.

I had the extraordinary honor of addressing the judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.