Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

19 July 2016, New York, USA

Secretary-General's remarks at High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Your Excellency Ambassador Oh Joon, President of the Economic and Social Council,
Honorable Ministers,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to address this High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

This is your first meeting. 

I want to thank the President of the ECOSOC, the ECOSOC Bureau, Member States, and Major Groups, for your enthusiastic engagement in the work of the Forum.

19 July 2016, New York, USA

Secretary-General's remarks to High-Level Political Forum Side Event on El Niño and Climate

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this High-Level Event on responding to the impacts of El Niño and mitigating recurring climate risks. 

The lives and livelihoods of millions of people—women, girls, men and boys—around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to this powerful El Niño.

18 July 2016, Durban

Remarks to the press on the High-level panel on access to medicines

Since today is Nelson Mandela International Day, I want to draw on his wisdom.

Madiba once pointed out that while the AIDS epidemic threatens the fabric of our lives, more money is spent on weapons than on helping people infected by HIV. And he added that, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”

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.

17 July 2016, Nairobi

Remarks at the opening of UNCTAD 14

It is a privilege to join you here in Nairobi for the opening of the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

The high level of representation here is testament to the importance of this Conference.

Every four years since 1964, UNCTAD sessions have provided an opportunity for United Nations Member States to work together to redress economic inequalities in trade, finance, technology and investment.

This is the second time that an UNCTAD conference has come to Kenya.

16 July 2016, Kigali

Remarks at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Extraordinary Summit

Thank you for your invitation and your collective efforts to address the crisis in South Sudan.

Let me begin by saying I was not planning to be in Kigali, but I am here because there is a crisis and I am here because we need to urgently address it together.

I know many of you have worked hard to secure peace for the world’s youngest country – and I know all of us agree that we cannot afford South Sudan slipping back into a civil war.

12 July 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at launch of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Thank you to our moderator, Ms. Natalia Brzezinski.

I am proud to be here to launch the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children.

Your Excellency Baroness Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security of the United Kingdom, Excellencies, Child representatives Ms. Diana Melissa Cordero Mezquita and Mr. Gregorio Ramon Ayala Aquino, Ladies and gentlemen,

Today is a milestone in the fight to end violence against children.

I thank the Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, Tanzania and Sweden for their leadership in creating this new Global Partnership.

08 July 2016, Beijing

Remarks at Lunch with "Committee of 100" Chinese Philanthropists

It is a great pleasure to be here today with you with such distinguished leaders in business and philanthropy community.

Before I say a few words, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my deep thanks for your understanding, very kind understanding when I had to unavoidably cancel my meeting last year, and I know that it was with great embarrassment for you and disappointment for you, and it was myself, I was also very much embarrassed and disappointed. But it was unavoidable. Sometimes it happens to me, so I hope you understand.

07 July 2016, Beijing

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the People’s Republic of China

Your Excellency Mr. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the People’s Republic of China,
Ladies and Gentleman of the media,

Nihao, good afternoon.

It's a great pleasure for me to be making my 10th visit to China as the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Let me start by expressing my deep condolences for the loss of life and damage caused by the latest flooding in several provinces in China.

I hope that the many displaced can return to their homes as soon as possible.

30 June 2016, Chicago

Remarks at the Lions Clubs International Convention

I am delighted to send greetings to the Lions Clubs International on the occasion of your 100th anniversary celebration.

The United Nations deeply values our collaboration with Lions Clubs International.  Our relationship dates back to the adoption of the United Nations Charter more than 70 years ago in San Francisco, when Lions Clubs helped to formulate the non-governmental section of our founding document.