Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

20 April 2008, Accra

Remarks to the 12th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - 'We Can Do This'

It is with great pleasure, and at the same time great concern, that I open this Twelfth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

14 April 2008, Economic and Social Council

Address to the Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the WTO and UNCTAD

Thank you Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to join the President of the Economic and Social Council in welcoming you all once again to the United Nations.

Over the past several years, this annual gathering has contributed significantly towards improved coordination between the Economic and Social Council and our partners from the international trade and financial institutions. Our discussions have emerged as a particularly important part of the follow-up to the landmark Monterrey Consensus.

01 April 2008, General Assembly

Remarks at the General Assembly thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals

I am grateful for this opportunity to address the General Assembly on the emergency we face in the work to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). I thank the President of the General Assembly for organizing this timely debate and the Prime Minister of Finland for joining us to demonstrate his commitment.

More than halfway to 2015, the MDG track record is mixed. Compared to the year 2000, we can point to undeniable progress: 3 million more children now survive each year; an additional 2 million people receive treatment for AIDS; and millions more children are in school.

26 March 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the handover of the report of the Commission on AIDS in Asia

I am grateful for this opportunity to help launch this comprehensive report. As Secretary-General and as an Asian, I am particularly moved to have this chance to contribute to a full and honest discussion about the epidemic in Asia -- a discussion which has not always been forthright or open enough in the past.

10 March 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference following meeting of MDG Africa Steering Group

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the media.

The MDG Africa Steering Group has just completed the second meeting. The level of collaboration representing leaders within the international development community is unprecedented. As has just been introduced by the Spokesperson, we have all the leaders of the world development pillars [African Union Commission, African Development Bank, World Bank, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Islamic Development Bank, and OECD.]

06 March 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the inter-agency event to mark International Women’s Day: “Investing in Women and Girls”

I am delighted to be here to mark International Women’s Day. Let me thank the members of the Commission on the Status of Women for yielding their time once again to allow me to address a crucial subject. And allow me to thank our distinguished speakers, Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi of South Africa and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs. I applaud their commitment to exploring effective and innovative ways of investing in women around the world. We will hear from them today about their creative and important initiatives.

29 February 2008, College Station

Remarks at the William Waldo Cameron Forum on Public Affairs at the George Bush Presidential Library

It is a great pleasure to be with you tonight. It’s good to be here in Texas -- my first visit as Secretary-General to the Lone Star State.

It is a particular honour to be with you at the George Bush Presidential Library. I’ve always admired this American President -- a great foreign policy President and a long friend of the United Nations.

31 January 2008, Addis Ababa

Address to the Summit of the African Union

It is a great honour to join you today.

Let me first thank our hosts, the Government and people of Ethiopia, for their generous hospitality. As you celebrate the new Ethiopian Millennium this year, I wish you all a peaceful and prosperous future.

23 January 2008, Geneva

Opening remarks at news conference

Bonjour, Mesdames et Messieurs de la presse, Monsieur Daniel Pruzin, Président de l’ACANU à Genève. D’abord, mes meilleurs vœux de santé et de bonheur pour cette année 2008. Je suis heureux d’être de nouveau avec vous ici, à Genève.

Une ombre pèse pourtant lourdement sur cette première rencontre de l’année. Mesdames et Messieurs, si vous me permettez, je vais continuer en anglais.

10 January 2008, UN Headquarters

Statement to regional groups of Member States

I am grateful for this opportunity to address you so early in the new year.

The year 2008 provides a unique opportunity to enhance the central role of the United Nations in world affairs. A number of developments align to make this so: the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the midpoint in the work to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the high-level meeting on financing for development; the climate change negotiations; the unprecedented peacekeeping operation in Darfur.