African issues

22 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan

Thank you for being here today to discuss the critical situation in South Sudan.

For years, South Sudan struggled to gain their independence. 

Now it is struggling for survival.  

Rarely have such high hopes been squandered so quickly. 

Time and again, the country’s leaders have resorted to weapons and identity politics to resolve their differences. The children, women and men of South Sudan are paying with their lives. 

28 July 2016, Security Council

Remarks at Security Council open debate on Peacebuilding in Africa

Peacebuilding is at the core of the United Nations’ activities in conflict-affected countries throughout the world.

The recent historic resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and this Council emphasize that sustaining peace is a shared responsibility of Governments, national stakeholders and the United Nations.

Peace in Africa is a top priority.

As we meet, South Sudan remains precariously poised on the brink of an abyss.

The promises of the new State for peace, justice and opportunity have been squandered.

17 July 2016, Nairobi

Remarks at joint press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be back in Nairobi once again on the occasion of the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

As we all know, the region is once again experiencing threats of renewed fighting in South Sudan. Kenya continues to play a pivotal role. Its contribution to regional peace and stability remains crucial.

11 July 2016, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter on South Sudan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the press at UN Headquarters in New York on the situation in South Sudan. At right is spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I want to say a few words about the unfolding crisis in South Sudan.

The renewed fighting is outrageous. It is yet another grievous setback. It deepens the country’s suffering. It makes a mockery of commitments to peace.

Many people have been killed in heavy fighting. There are growing fears that many more could die in another round of violence.

29 March 2016, Tunis

Opening remarks at press conference in Tunis

[French and English]

Bon après-midi mesdames et messieurs.

C’est un grand plaisir que d’être de retour à Tunis.

Je remercie le Gouvernement et le peuple tunisiens de leur hospitalité et de la chaleur de l’accueil qu’ils m’ont réservé, ainsi qu’à ma délégation.

29 March 2016, Tunis

Remarks at Tunisia’s National Conference on Employment

Your Excellency Prime Minister Habib Essid,

Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization,

Ms. Wided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA),

Honorable Ministers,


Ladies and gentlemen;

C’est un immense plaisir pour moi d’être ici avec vous, à Tunis, pour évoquer la question de l’emploi – qui est cruciale, surtout pour les jeunes.

18 March 2016, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council Open Session on Burundi

I am pleased to have this opportunity to brief the Council on my visit to Burundi late last month, which came on the heels of the Council’s own travel to the country.

After a devastating civil war that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, the signing of the Arusha Agreement in August 2000 put Burundi on the path of peace and reconciliation.  The effort that ended the civil war hinged on the willingness of former battlefield enemies to sit at the same table and become partners in Burundi’s common future.

25 February 2016, Juba

Remarks at a press conference in Juba, South Sudan

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the media, the Excellency Foreign Minister Benjamin, Excellencies Ministers of Cabinet, ladies and gentlemen,

I am concluding my visit to Juba at a critical time. Above all, I have come here to underscore the United Nations commitment to the peace process and the future of South Sudan.

As you know, I met his Excellency President Salva Kiir and also spoke this afternoon by phone with Dr. Riek Machar.

24 February 2016, Kinshasa

Opening remarks at press conference in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

(French and English)

Mesdames et Messieurs,

J’arrive au terme de ma cinquième visite en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) en tant que Secrétaire général de l’ONU.

Une fois encore, je tiens à remercier les autorités et la population congolaises de leur accueil chaleureux.

La situation en RDC et dans l’ensemble de la région des Grands Lacs reste au premier rang des priorités des Nations Unies.

Nous nous sommes employés à nous acquitter du mieux possible de notre mandat de protection des civils et à promouvoir un dialogue politique ouvert.

24 February 2016, Kinshasa

Address to the Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference

Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier le Président Kabila, ainsi que le Gouvernement et le peuple de la République démocratique du Congo, de leur accueil très chaleureux.

Je suis reconnaissant au Gouvernement d’avoir établi un partenariat avec le Bureau de mon Envoyé spécial pour la région des Grands Lacs et le secrétariat exécutif de la Conférence internationale sur la région des Grands Lacs en vue d’organiser et d’accueillir cette conférence.