Development, Millennium Dev. Goals

22 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to SDG Advocacy Group

Your Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana,
Your Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway,
Distinguished SDG Advocates,

Thank you for accepting my invitation to attend the 71st session of the General Assembly. 

Your attendance and participation are important for raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and sending a strong message about the world’s commitment to achieving them.

22 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-Level Side Event “Beyond the World Humanitarian Summit: Advancing the Agenda for Humanity”

Thank you for joining me today for the presentation of my report on the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit.  

I thank Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the people of Turkey for hosting this unique event, and for bringing the One Humanity Mural from Istanbul to New York for the General Assembly. Thank you very much. 

22 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting

Your Excellency, Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Chair of ASEAN in 2016, 
Distinguished Foreign Ministers of the Governments of ASEAN, 
Your Excellency, Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, 
Excellencies, 
Colleagues, 
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to United Nations Headquarters, as you warmly welcomed me to Vientiane earlier this month.

22 September 2016, General Assembly

Remarks at opening of the High-level Segment of the General Assembly to Commemorate the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development

Today we celebrate 30 years of the Declaration on the Right to Development.

In the three decades since its adoption, the world has changed dramatically.

Population has increased by 50 per cent.  

Old divides are breaking down: between East and West, North and South, developed and developing.

Emerging economies are major players in global trade and dynamics.

The impact of climate change is widely recognized.

22 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment

I am deeply humbled and honoured by your strong support and recognition of the humble contribution which I have been making for the last almost ten years.

21 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Second Meeting of the High-Level Panel on Water

Distinguished Heads of State and Government, 
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, 
Excellencies, 
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you to the second meeting of the High Level Panel on Water.

I thank the Co-Chairs, Mexico and Mauritius, the Panel Members and the Special Advisors for all the work you have done and the progress you have made since our first meeting in April.

20 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Every Woman Every Child High-Level Advisory Group

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you today.

When I launched the first Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010, we set out a vision to save and improve the lives of millions.

The Strategy, and the Every Woman Every Child movement that followed it, helped to galvanize the international community.

We accelerated progress in the health arena and focused attention and action on the Millennium Development Goals that were among the furthest behind.

I am proud of what we have achieved.

21 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Unveiling Ceremony for Staff Recreation Facility

Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, 
Excellencies, 
Ladies and gentlemen, 
Dear Colleagues,

Good morning and welcome. It is a great pleasure to be here with you at this groundbreaking ceremony.

This week of all weeks, getting more exercise may be the last thing on our minds. In fact, this ceremony is providing me with a few precious moments of rest!

But, of course, exercise is a vital part of a healthy work-life balance.

20 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Toast at lunch with Heads of State and Government

This lunch is unique.  At no other time, in no other place, do so many world leaders break bread together.

And this year is unique.  Never before have a President of the United States and a Secretary-General of the United Nations completed their terms at about the same time – within just twenty days of each other.

Mr. President, we need to find something to do. 

I challenge you to a round of golf!  But please don’t challenge me to a game of basketball!

19 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Side Event on Global Preparedness and Response to Health Crises: Implementing Lessons Learned

Your Excellency Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [Japan],
Your Excellency Prime Minister Erna Solberg, [Norway]
Minister Gerd Müller, [Germany]
Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization,
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group,
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,