09 October 2015, Lima

Remarks at joint press encounter with President Ollanta Humala Tasso of Peru

I have just had a productive and wide ranging meeting with President Humala.

I commended Peru for the country’s progress under the Millennium Development Goals, and urged the President to expend every effort in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We discussed the growing threat of climate change and the importance of success in reaching a meaningful, universal climate change agreement in Paris in December.

I thanked the President for Peru’s leadership on climate change, especially over the past year.

26 September 2015, New York

Remarks at the Global Citizens Concert

Hello Central Park!

Hello global citizens!

In your faces, I see a world of possibility.

You will be the first generation that ends global poverty.

You must be the generation to tackle climate change before it is too late.

And I am proud that you are committed to be the most determined generation to fight injustice.

Tonight, I ask for two actions:

First, the global goals for sustainable development are a promise from your leaders.

Hold them to it.

Demand that they deliver.

Second, tell everyone.

14 September 2015, New York

Remarks at the Church of the Holy Family

Thank you for this uplifting prayer service. The Church of the Holy Family is a true friend of the United Nations. We have mourned and rejoiced together many times over the years.

There is so much to grieve about now.

War is driving millions of people from their homes. Violent extremists are killing in the name of religion. They bring immense suffering to people – and great shame to the faiths they claim to represent.

This prayer services is an answer to the bigots, extremists and terrorists who try to divide communities.

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.