African issues

29 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Hello, everyone. Good afternoon, good evening, or goodnight.
 
Today’s High-Level Event was a meeting of solidarity with the many developing countries that face catastrophic consequences from COVID-19. 
 
The pandemic continues to cause deep suffering. More than 350,000 people have died; there are 5.5 million cases around the world. Behind these figures there is an unprecedented human tragedy.
 

28 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Closing remarks to High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Excellencies, distinguished speakers, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all, Heads of State and Government, leaders of international organizations and all participants in this High-Level Event.

I am moved and inspired by your urgency and unity.

As COVID-19 takes an unprecedented human toll, societies are in turmoil and economies are in freefall.

While developed countries are moving to keep families and businesses afloat, many developing countries are risking catastrophe.

28 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference on the High-level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Hello everyone. Good afternoon, good evening, or goodnight.

Today’s High-Level Event was a meeting of solidarity with the many developing countries that face catastrophic consequences from COVID-19.  

The pandemic continues to cause deep suffering. More than 350,000 people have died; there are 5.5 million cases around the world. Behind these figures there is an unprecedented human tragedy.

20 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series on COVID-19 and Silencing the Guns in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

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I am pleased to be able to join you in this time of unprecedented crisis to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security in Africa.

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies.

It is a global problem that demands a coordinated global response built on unity and solidarity.

As COVID-19 spreads across Africa, its governments have responded swiftly.

As of now, reported cases are lower than feared. 

19 May 2020, ECOSOC

Remarks to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

Madam President,
Mr. Vice President,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

12 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-Level Video Conference entitled, "The Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing the Multiple Challenges of COVID-19"

Let me begin by thanking Ambassador Omar Hilale of the Kingdom of Morocco for this very timely initiative.
 
It is heartening to see so many religious leaders joining forces today in a spirit of solidarity.

17 April 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to virtual IMF/World Bank High-level Meeting Mobilizing with Africa

I thank the African Union, International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group for bringing us together to Mobilize with Africa.

Let me begin by expressing my total solidarity with the people and governments of Africa in the epic global effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  

I commend your early action. 

The African Union and the African continent have shown unity and leadership – two of the most scarce commodities at the present time. 

We need to target every ounce of energy against COVID-19.

15 April 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at virtual meeting with the African Group

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to start by expressing my full solidarity with the people of Africa and with your governments in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The crisis has wide-ranging implications, and the United Nations and African countries are working together across many challenges and concerns at this time. 

I want to thank you for your continued generosity towards refugees and migrants, as well as for the hospitality you extend to United Nations staff throughout the continent.

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks to the media at the African Union Summit

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