African issues

29 September 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Sixth Meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region

[bilingual, as delivered]

Je suis heureux de vous accueillir à cette réunion très importante.

Vous avez fait preuve de hauteur de vues en mettant fin à des décennies d’instabilité dans la région par la signature de cet accord historique en février 2013. Le moment est venu de réaffirmer que c’est à vous qu’il revient de mettre en œuvre l’Accord-cadre et d’accroître votre implication en ce sens.

29 September 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-Level Meeting on South Sudan

We gather at a pivotal moment in the history of the world’s youngest nation.

The conflict that broke out in December 2013 dashed the aspirations of the South Sudanese people for a brighter future. It shattered the optimism of the international community. Thousands of lives have been lost in a senseless conflict.

When the parties signed the peace agreement last month, they created a new window of opportunity.

28 September 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-Level Meeting on Somalia

I am delighted to welcome my co-chairs and all of you to this important meeting.

At the outset, I want to convey my sincere condolences to the victims of last week’s terrible tragedy in Mecca. Our thoughts are with the families and Governments of those who were killed, and we wish the injured a speedy recovery.

I salute the leadership of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke, the Federal Government, the Federal Parliament and Regional Administrations in advancing the objectives agreed in 2012, in the face of many challenges.

24 September 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Presidential Dialogue on the African Urban Agenda

We gather at an exciting time for Africa and the world.

Africa continues its rapid transformation. Economic growth over the last few years has been impressive, despite the global economic crisis.

Africa is the most rapidly urbanising region of the world. Two-thirds of Africa`s projected total population of 2.5 billion people will require urban services by 2063. And Africa needs to be ready.

I want to thank all of you here today for your leadership and commitment to the African urban agenda.

10 September 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at exhibit showcasing Uganda

Welcome to this wonderful exhibit. I thank all of the distinguished officials and artists who join us today.

I especially thank His Excellency Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, for his leadership over the past year.

These powerful images show Uganda’s natural treasures. They speak directly to why the world needs Agenda 2030 – our bold new vision for sustainable development.

Tourism is a major force in the global economy that can promote respect for the environment. More than one billion tourists crossed international borders last year.

24 August 2015, Abuja

Remarks at event "The role of Nigerian business and philanthropy in implementing the SDGs and addressing climate change"

Distinguished business leaders and philanthropists,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with such distinguished and influential business leaders.

We are here today because we share a common objective: advancing prosperity for people and for our planet.

I want to thank Mr. Aliko Dangote for helping to bring us together. I appreciate his strong support as a member of the Steering Committee of my Global Education First Initiative.

I also want to extend my deep appreciation to all of you.

31 July 2015, UN Headquarters

Statement on the transition of UN Ebola emergency response

As we continue to actively strive to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have reached an important milestone in the global Ebola response.

10 July 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the International Ebola Recovery Conference

Thank you, Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, for moderating this very important meeting.

I would like to thank the Presidents of the affected African countries – the President of Guinea, the President of Liberia, and the President of Sierra Leone – and I would also like to thank President Mugabe [of Zimbabwe] who is participating in his capacity as President of the African Union.

And I would also like to thank Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO [World Health Organization] for her leadership.

02 June 2015, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly Informal Plenary on Ebola

[bilingual, as delivered]

Thank you for this chance to update you on our response to the Ebola outbreak.

I bring a message of caution: The world has come together to address this outbreak but our investments and sacrifices could be lost unless we complete the job.

President Kutesa has shown wise leadership, and I thank him for his strong commitment and leadership.

I am also pleased to welcome Mr. Peter Graaff, my new Acting Special Representative of the UN Mission, UNMEER, who was critical in Liberia’s progress as the Ebola Crisis Manager.

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.