AIDS, other health issues

11 October 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level Panel on Child Marriage on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl Child is an important addition to the UN calendar.

I thank the Member States and civil society groups who worked together to make it happen.

I also extend my gratitude to UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and Girls not Brides for organizing this event.

Empowering girls is a moral imperative -- a matter of basic justice and equality.

It is an obligation under human rights laws and conventions.

And it is critical for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, advancing economic growth and building peaceful, cohesive societies.

04 October 2012, New York

Remarks at Friends of UNFPA Gala Dinner for the Health and Dignity of Women and Girls Everywhere

Good evening, everyone.

Thank you very much, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.

Thank you all – friends of UNFPA!

It has been a landmark year.

In May, we announced that maternal deaths had been cut by nearly half. That means millions of lives saved … and millions of tragedies averted.

Thanks to UNFPA – and its many friends gathered here tonight – mothers survived childbirth. Women overcame fistula. Teens got supplies so they could attend school. Girls received hope for their future.

02 October 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press conference to unveil results of innovative maternal health programme in Tanzania

This has been a busy week at the United Nations. We have made progress on many issues – including the health of the world’s women and children.

I am honoured to welcome His Excellency President [Jakaya M.] Kikwete of Tanzania, the honourable New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Dr. Helen Agerup, head of the H&B Agerup Foundation.

25 September 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Every Woman Every Child special event

Welcome.

Thank you all for coming to this special event at this inspiring museum.

Thank you to the partners who helped organize this event, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, the UN Foundation, and the MDG Health Alliance.

I would like to commend you, Mr. Ray Chambers, for your tireless work over the past year as an MDG advocate working to advance Every Woman Every Child.

21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro

Remarks at the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge

I am here today to tell you why the Zero Hunger Challenge is so critical to sustainable development.

I know that many of you are already focusing on ways to end hunger. Our challenge is to work better together to realize this vision.

Sustainable development is simply not possible in a world where nearly one billion people are hungry every day. Ending hunger is not only vital for our peace and security … it is essential for our collective future.

11 June 2012, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly meeting on HIV/AIDS

One year ago this week, the international community met here at the United Nations to advance the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

In the General Assembly and the Security Council … in the hallways and the side events … governments, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, philanthropists and even rock stars came together. These powerful partners demanded progress and pledged their best efforts to reach our goal of an AIDS-free world.

In this Hall, participants at the high-level meeting pledged to show decisive, inclusive and accountable leadership.

22 May 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks to UN Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children

Last week, the United Nations issued an important report indicating that, over the past 20 years, the number of women who die from complications during pregnancy has decreased by nearly half.

This is cause for celebration. It is a tribute to the hard work of so many people and partners.

And it is a reminder that progress is possible when we come together in common cause, with vision, clear objectives and strong and sustained backing.

Yet we must also recognize that every day, 800 women and more than 20,000 children die from preventable causes.

28 April 2012, Mumbai

Remarks at a Reception for Civil Society, the Private Sector and the Creative Community in Support of "Every Woman, Every Child"

This has been a remarkable day. I especially want to thank my Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocates, Mr. Mukesh Ambani and Mr. Ray Chambers, for bringing us together.

I just came from meeting with leading Bollywood and sports stars.

I should have asked them to sign some autographs! I could have auctioned the signatures to raise money for women’s and children’s health.

Many of their films tell stories of the poor. They reach millions of people I never could. And they inspire action against poverty and injustice.

03 April 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks at World Autism Awareness Day Event: "Delivering Answers through inclusive International Collaboration"

I extend my warmest welcome to all who have come together for this important observance.

The turnout today is a welcome sign of solidarity among experts, activists, governmental officials and, above all, the individuals and families affected most directly.

Your numbers and presence here show that autism is gaining a higher profile at the United Nations and around the world.

I call that progress. But I also call it only a beginning.

Tens of millions of people around the world are on the autism spectrum.

The disorder can strike anyone, anywhere.

22 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur

Opening remarks at press encounter at Commemoration of World TB Day Institute of Respiratory Medicine

This year’s commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day has been very meaningful for me.

And I’m very happy to visit this institute today. I just met two patients. My wife and myself provided some medicines to two patients. I’m very much humbled and at the same time encouraged that they are given this service, very kind and caring service.