AIDS, other health issues

14 July 2014, Los Palmas

Remarks at the launch of the "Total Sanitation" campaign

Bonswa. [Good afternoon in Creole]

Thank you all for your very warm welcome.

My visit to Los Palmas has been filled with emotion -- with sorrow but also hope.

We are here today to launch an important initiative:

One that can protect people from water-borne diseases.

One that can help to end cholera in Haiti.

One that can change lives for the better.

The Total Sanitation Campaign is a development milestone for Haiti.

14 July 2014, Los Palmas

Remarks at church service

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Bonswa tout moun.
Mwen kontan pou m avèk nou jodi a.
Seremoni jodi a se yon senbòl tousa nou kapab fè ansanm.

Bonjour à toutes et à tous.
Je suis heureux d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui.
La cérémonie d’aujourd’hui est le symbole de tout ce que nous pouvons faire ensemble.

Hello to all. I am pleased to be among you today. Today's ceremony represents all that we can accomplish together.

09 June 2014, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the 30th anniversary gala dinner hosted by the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) in his honour

I am deeply honoured to accept this award on behalf of the United Nations.

I thank you so much for this – and for all that you have done to advance women’s health globally.

This Award is a profound honour for me – but it is also a call to action.

When I was growing up in Korea, it was considered “normal” for a woman or her baby to die in childbirth. Fortunately, like many other countries, Korea overcame that challenge.

Society owes every woman an equal chance at survival.

06 June 2014, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly Meeting to Review Progress in Tackling HIV/AIDS

Three years ago, Heads of State agreed on a set of ambitious targets to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS by the end of 2015.

With just over 500 days to go, the international community has made great progress.

Between 2011 and 2012 alone, the number of people accessing HIV treatment globally increased nearly 20%.

We are on track to providing antiretroviral therapy to 15 million people by 2015 and to eliminating mother-to-child transmission in just a few years.

30 May 2014, Toronto

Opening remarks at press conference with Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania

It is a pleasure to be here as Secretary-General of the United Nations, to participate in this very important initiative on Every Woman Every Child. I would like to express my sincere and deepest admiration for your leadership, Mr. Prime Minister, and also President Kikwete. Both have shown great leadership in promoting the health and well-being of the world’s women and girls.

In a world of great knowledge and wealth, no child should die from preventable illness, and no mother should lose her life while giving birth. Yet too many women and girls are being left behind.

30 May 2014, Toronto

Remarks at Summit on Maternal, New-born and Child Health: “Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach”

Good morning. Bon jour.

I thank Prime Minister Harper for his leadership in organizing this very timely summit on a challenge that is so crucial for our future. I would also like to recognize President Kikwete for the enormous contribution he is making for women and children. Both President Kikwete and Prime Minister Harper continue to work closely to achieve accountability for resources and better results.

22 May 2014, Shanghai

Remarks at Lunch on Maternal and Child Health Hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the National Health and Family Planning Commission

I thank our hosts for organizing this lunch on a subject so close to my heart and bringing together such a distinguished group of Chinese leaders.

I also thank the Zhengda Group for sponsoring our event today.

Just before coming here, I attended the opening of the Shanghai Municipal Centre for Maternal and Child Health.

I saw how China is putting a priority on healthy mothers and healthy children.

I learned why China has made such significant progress on the Millennium Development Goals related to health.

03 April 2014, Brussels

Remarks at Roll Back Malaria-African Union Breakfast on Health in the Broader Development and Post-2015 Agenda

Merci, Madame Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ambassadrice de bonne volonté
pour le projet « Faire reculer le paludisme », et Monsieur Hervé Verhoosel, représentant du Partenariat Faire reculer le paludisme.

28 January 2014, Havana

Remarks to the officials at Latin American School of Medicine (Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina/ELAM)

Thank you for welcoming me to this extraordinary school.

There are many things I could say here at ELAM, but the most important is simply Muchas gracias.

Thank you for your outstanding contributions.

Thank you for leading the way on South-South cooperation.

Thank you for being on the frontlines of global health.

ELAM does more than train doctors. You produce miracle workers.

I have seen it for myself.

28 September 2013, New York

Remarks at Global Citizen Festival

Thank you, Stevie.

Good evening, Central Park.

What a beautiful crowd! I thank the Global Citizen Festival for bringing us together tonight.

I am thrilled to be on stage with so many committed artists.

Bono has done so much to put poverty on the global agenda.

Stevie Wonder is an amazing United Nations Messenger of Peace.

But tonight so are you.

The United Nations thanks you for taking action to end poverty.

There is so much energy here tonight. We can power the world.

Together, we can put every girl and boy in school.