AIDS, other health issues

26 May 2013, Addis Ababa

Remarks at AIDS Watch Africa event

I am honoured to join you in celebrating Africa’s achievements over the past half-century.

This afternoon we celebrate a critical milestone -- your remarkable progress on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Once, these diseases ravaged Africa. Now they are on the decline.

The number of people who get HIV has fallen by a quarter since 2001. Nearly 13 million people have received treatment for TB. Malaria deaths are down by one third.

This dramatic turnaround was driven by each of you. You took collective action through the African Union.

07 May 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Every Woman Every Child Taking Action Summit

Thank you for that kind introduction – and my thanks to our hosts:  JP Morgan, the UN Foundation and the MDG Health Alliance.

I strongly commend efforts such as this to bring together private sector leaders who understand the importance of corporate social responsibility and giving back – and who believe in taking action. 

I know that in this room we have many of the world’s top thinkers, experts, and philanthropists from across sectors and industries. 

02 April 2013, Rimini

Remarks at San Patrignano Drug Rehabilitation Centre

I cannot express how I am feeling. The stories which I heard from Mike and Damir are very impressive.
I am very much touched. I know your life is maybe very difficult at this time. But I am here as Secretary-General of the United Nations to give at least a sense of hope for your brighter and better future.

I thank Madam Moratti. She is our Goodwill Ambassador. She was the Minister of Education. It is good to have such a visionary leader who will work for your better life.

14 March 2013, UN Headquarters

Closing remarks at Global Colloquium of University Presidents

It has been an honour to participate in this colloquium and to hear your thoughts on education, health and the post-2015 development agenda.

When we speak about health, we must talk about education.

My Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, made that point earlier today.

Education is a remedy to many ills.

When you educate a woman, and a mother in particular, you do not educate one person only – but an entire household, a family, a village and a community.

13 March 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents

It is an honour and a pleasure to be with you today, and I thank New York University for hosting us.

I attach great importance to this annual gathering and to close ties between the United Nations and global academic community. Thank you for your leadership, engagement and support.

You are all aware of the major crises the United Nations is facing at this time. The worsening conflict in Syria. The dire humanitarian situation in Mali and the Sahel. The stalemate in the Middle East peace process.

07 February 2013, New York

Remarks at a ceremony marking the one-year countdown to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C), Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia (L) and General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic kick off countdown to Sochi Winter Olympics. UN Photo/N. Krastev

Today we begin the one-year countdown to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The Sochi Olympics and Paralympics will be the first Winter Games hosted in the Russian Federation.

I congratulate your country on being awarded the Games.

The bid and the final selection processes for the 2014 Games were quite interesting for me.

Both Sochi and PyeongChang were candidate cities. Both made it to the final vote.

And, in the end, both emerged as winning host cities – Sochi in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

27 January 2013, Addis Ababa

Remarks to Special Event on Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality (CARMMA)

As I look around this room, I see an impressive gathering of top-level leaders.

When it comes to health, you are also grass-roots activists for Africa’s mothers and babies.

President Boni Yayi has personally pledged to make this a priority for the AU.

President Goodluck Jonathan, you and Nigeria are playing a leading role on the Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children.

25 January 2013, Davos

Remarks at World Economic Forum "Every Women Every Child" reception [as prepared for delivery]

It is an honour to be with so many distinguished leaders committed to improving women’s and children’s health.

The Every Woman Every Child community continues to grow and deepen.

Last year, we welcomed many new partners to our effort to radically improve the health of women and children -- including advancing the control of deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria…

…from Sesame Street to GE Africa … from Unilever to Teck Resources … from technology giants like Infosys to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts...

11 December 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Launch of Initiative for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti

Cholera continues to take a heavy toll on Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

In Haiti, it has claimed the lives of more than 7,750 people, infected over 620,000, and added a heavy weight of suffering on a country already recovering from the largest natural disaster in the history of the western hemisphere.

The United Nations and many partners have been working with the Haitian Government and people to respond.

We have focused on water and sanitation facilitiates, and on training, logistics and early warning.

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.