AIDS, other health issues

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16 October 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Launch of UN System Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy: “A Healthy Workforce for a Better World”

We are here to launch a very important undertaking to ensure the well-being of our staff -- our Organization’s greatest asset.
 
You are all aware that our work is becoming more challenging and more stressful.
 
Many staff in the field are facing increasingly dangerous operating environments.
 
Even at seemingly placid headquarters locations, work atmospheres can be hostile and problematic, including as a result of sexual harassment or abuses of power.
 
Given these realities, mental health takes on paramount importance.
 

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12 June 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the 11th session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

It is my pleasure to join you at this 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This Convention protects the rights of some

1.5 billion people around the world, and is one of the most widely-ratified international human rights treaties, with 177 ratifications since its adoption in 2006.

12 June 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Review of HIV-AIDS

I am pleased to be with you today.
 
We are at the halfway point to the 2020 Fast-Track commitments agreed by the General Assembly in 2016.
 
The world is making good progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
 
More people have access to HIV testing and treatment.
 
Access to antiretroviral therapy has expanded by more than 20 million people since 1990.
 
As mother-to-child transmission continues to decline, and fewer children are living with HIV, we are moving closer to bringing about an AIDS-free generation.

04 June 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at interactive civil society hearing on tuberculosis

Excellencies,
Distinguished civil society representatives,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am indeed delighted to be with you.
 
I thank the President of the General Assembly, together with the World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership, for gathering us here today.

I would also like to thank the leadership of His Excellency. Mr. Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan and H.E. Mr. Walton Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, the co-facilitators of the outcomes of the high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis.

14 December 2017, Tokyo

Remarks at the Universal Health Coverage Forum

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 

I thank our co-organizers and commend the government of Japan for its leadership and vision in hosting this meeting.
 
Thank you also to Prime Minister Abe for his exciting announcement of US$2.9 billion for universal health coverage programmes.