Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

07 October 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening comments at press conference

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

Before taking your questions, let me make some brief opening statement.

First, in the context of the global financial crisis, I would like to call your attention to the closing of the General Debate and the remarkable success of our two High-Level Events on the Millennium Development Goals and African Development Needs.

Everyone has felt the earthquake on Wall Street. But it has not shaken our resolve.

Banks may be failing. But the world's bottom billion can bank on us.

We showed that last week.

02 October 2008, General Assembly

Remarks at High-Level Meeting on the Mid-Term Review of the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action on the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries

Mr. President,

H.E. Mr. Nambar Enkhbayar, President of Mongolia,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Last week, as you know, I convened a High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals. We used the occasion to review progress towards attaining the MDGs. I sounded alarm bells that we were running out of time to honour commitments made to the developing world.

26 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Annual Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 and China

Mr. Chairman,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful for the opportunity to address this important gathering of Ministers of the Group of 77 and China.

I extend my sincere appreciation to Prime Minister Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda for his able leadership of the Group. We still have much work to do before the end of your term, and I look forward to continuing our collaboration.

25 September 2008, General Assembly

Concluding remarks to the High-Level Event on the Millenium Development Goals

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

This has been an inspiring day at the United Nations. At the same time a sobering reminder that we cannot continue with the culture of indifference that has prevailed so far. I remain optimistic.

I am grateful for all the energy invested in this High-level Event by developed and developing countries, civil society, faith groups, foundations and the private sector.

25 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Media at the Closing of the High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mr. Bill Gates,

Thank you very much for your presence here at the conclusion of this very successful day.

Today, we did something special. We brought together a broad coalition for change.

We have new partners -- national leaders, CEOs, civil society groups, NGOs, and philanthropists.

25 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks for the OXFAM global call to action against poverty

Dear friends and allies in the fight against poverty,

Good morning, everyone. I am proud to have added my name to this pledge wall, a powerful symbol in our mobilization to make poverty history.

In this way, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty is holding Governments to the promises they made in the year 2000.

25 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the presentation of the Irish Hunger Task Force report

Thank you Professor Sachs,

Honourable Taoiseach,

Ministers,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Members of the Hunger Task Force,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to join you for this presentation of the Irish Hunger Task Force Report.

This is an important day at the United Nations. More than 100 world leaders will take stock of progress so far in reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

25 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-level event on the Millennium Development Goals

Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Honorable Ministers, Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

24 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks on sanitation and water supply "One World One Dream: Sanitation and Water for All"

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His Royal Highness, Prince Willem-Alexander, His Excellency, Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, His Excellency, Mr. Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, His Excellency, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, His Excellency, Mr. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan, His Excellency, Professor David Mwakyusa, Minister for Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania, Mr. Khan,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

24 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations for the first United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals and food sustainability.

While stepping into this room I felt a little bit embarrassed; I am not invited officially to this luncheon. My challenge is, while we are talking about food sustainability, where is my food?

I am going to have three speeches today during lunchtime, without lunch. I have four dinner invitations, but in the end, no dinner. That is my challenge today.