21 June 2009, Birmingham

Remarks on receiving the Polio Champion Award from Rotary International

Thank you very much, President Lee, and Chair Majiyagbe.

Hello again, Ladies and Gentlemen. I think you just saw me up there on the screen. With all due respect for modern communications technology, I feel better now that I am here in person and have been restored to real life.

I am honoured to receive this Polio Eradication Champion Award from Rotary International.

21 June 2009, Birmingham

Remarks to the 100th Rotary International Convention

Thank you, General Secretary Futa, for your kind introduction.

President Dong-kurn Lee, Foundation Trustee Chair Jonathan Majiyagbe, President-elect John Kenny, Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Glenn Estess Distinguished members and staff of Rotary International, Ladies and gentlemen,

26 May 2009, Helsinki

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Tarja Halonen of Finland

Thank you very much Madam President. Distinguished members of the media.

Hyvää huomenta!

26 May 2009, Helsinki

Remarks to the Finnish Parliament

Madam President of the Republic of Finland,
Mr. Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of Parliament
Honorable representatives,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is truly an honor to come before you today.

24 May 2009, Copenhagen

Opening Remarks to the World Business Summit on Climate Change

Your Majesty, Royal Highness, Excellencies, Distinguished guests,

I am delighted to be here. Perhaps more important, I am glad you have chosen to take the time to be here today.

We meet at a critical moment in human history.

Our planet is warming to dangerous levels. In December, the UN Climate Change Conference will meet here in Copenhagen to find solutions to this grave global threat.

As business leaders, you are crucially placed to ensure that government negotiators seal a deal.

19 May 2009, Geneva

Opening remarks at joint Press Conference with World Health Organization Director-General, Margaret Chan

First of all, I want to thank Dr. Chan and her team at the WHO for organizing the World Health Assembly during these challenging times.

It's good to be back in Geneva. This morning I addressed the Conference on Disarmament, as it began its second session of this year. The Conference is at a critical juncture following a decade-long impasse. I am encouraged to note that we are seeing new momentum. There is a shift underway, from division to dialogue, from paralysis to progress.

19 May 2009, Geneva

Remarks to I-8 meeting on Innovative Financing for Development

[As prepared for delivery]

Philippe [Douste-Blazy, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development], Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to open this event.

The eight innovative financing mechanisms for development represented here provide an excellent platform for generating new ideas.

They show the potential for finding resources over and above what is available from official aid and the market.

This is timely, important work.

19 May 2009, Geneva

Statement to the World Health Assembly

It is a great honour for me to participate in and address this august World Health Assembly at a critical juncture for global health. At the outset, I would like to highly commend Dr. Chan for her extraordinary leadership in addressing this crisis in close coordination with the Members States. I also want to salute the Ministers and public health leaders for their hard work not only in this crisis, but also for their response to health challenges each and every day. Mrs. Sarah Brown, thank you for being here to share your voice.

19 May 2009, Geneva

Statement to the Conference on Disarmament

Mr. President,


Thank you for this opportunity to address the Conference on Disarmament.

I would like to say a special word to the Foreign Ministers who have graced us with their presence here today.

Excellency Mr. Mourad Medelci, Foreign Minister of Algeria,

Excellency Madame Calmy-Rey, Foreign Minister of Switzerland,

Thank your for your leadership and personal engagement in advancing the work of the Conference on Disarmament.

I am heartened that this meeting takes place in an improved international climate.