AIDS, other health issues

25 September 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Every Woman Every Child special event


Thank you all for coming to this special event at this inspiring museum.

Thank you to the partners who helped organize this event, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, the UN Foundation, and the MDG Health Alliance.

I would like to commend you, Mr. Ray Chambers, for your tireless work over the past year as an MDG advocate working to advance Every Woman Every Child.

21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro

Remarks at the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge

I am here today to tell you why the Zero Hunger Challenge is so critical to sustainable development.

I know that many of you are already focusing on ways to end hunger. Our challenge is to work better together to realize this vision.

Sustainable development is simply not possible in a world where nearly one billion people are hungry every day. Ending hunger is not only vital for our peace and security … it is essential for our collective future.

11 June 2012, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly meeting on HIV/AIDS

One year ago this week, the international community met here at the United Nations to advance the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

In the General Assembly and the Security Council … in the hallways and the side events … governments, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, philanthropists and even rock stars came together. These powerful partners demanded progress and pledged their best efforts to reach our goal of an AIDS-free world.

In this Hall, participants at the high-level meeting pledged to show decisive, inclusive and accountable leadership.

22 May 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks to UN Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children

Last week, the United Nations issued an important report indicating that, over the past 20 years, the number of women who die from complications during pregnancy has decreased by nearly half.

This is cause for celebration. It is a tribute to the hard work of so many people and partners.

And it is a reminder that progress is possible when we come together in common cause, with vision, clear objectives and strong and sustained backing.

Yet we must also recognize that every day, 800 women and more than 20,000 children die from preventable causes.

28 April 2012, Mumbai

Remarks at a Reception for Civil Society, the Private Sector and the Creative Community in Support of "Every Woman, Every Child"

This has been a remarkable day. I especially want to thank my Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocates, Mr. Mukesh Ambani and Mr. Ray Chambers, for bringing us together.

I just came from meeting with leading Bollywood and sports stars.

I should have asked them to sign some autographs! I could have auctioned the signatures to raise money for women’s and children’s health.

Many of their films tell stories of the poor. They reach millions of people I never could. And they inspire action against poverty and injustice.

03 April 2012, UN Headquarters

Remarks at World Autism Awareness Day Event: "Delivering Answers through inclusive International Collaboration"

I extend my warmest welcome to all who have come together for this important observance.

The turnout today is a welcome sign of solidarity among experts, activists, governmental officials and, above all, the individuals and families affected most directly.

Your numbers and presence here show that autism is gaining a higher profile at the United Nations and around the world.

I call that progress. But I also call it only a beginning.

Tens of millions of people around the world are on the autism spectrum.

The disorder can strike anyone, anywhere.

22 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur

Opening remarks at press encounter at Commemoration of World TB Day Institute of Respiratory Medicine

This year’s commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day has been very meaningful for me.

And I’m very happy to visit this institute today. I just met two patients. My wife and myself provided some medicines to two patients. I’m very much humbled and at the same time encouraged that they are given this service, very kind and caring service.

27 February 2012, Luanda

Remarks at polio vaccination campaign health post

Bom día.

E um prazer estar em Luanda com voce hoje.

[“Hello. It is my pleasure to be in Luanda with you today.”]

It my pleasure and honour to join you today to launch the first National Immunization Campaign against polio in Angola this year.

Angola has set a remarkable example on polio.

Even when this country was struggling to emerge from conflict and rebuild, it gave priority to protecting children from polio.

17 November 2011, Palangkaraya

Opening remarks at press conference, Palangkaraya, Indonesia

Good afternoon, it is a pleasure to meet you as I am concluding my visit to Palangkaraya in the Central Kalimantan region.

First of all, I'd like to Governor Teras Nerang for his warm welcome and hospitality and for making my visit very meaningful. I have had a brief but fulfilling and impactful visit to Palangkaraya.

I also thank Honourable Dr. Kuntoro [Mangkusubroto], who is the Chair of the UNREDD+ management task force of President [Susilo Bambang] Yudhoyono, who has joined me today.

This morning, I visited the Menteng health clinic.

15 November 2011, Dhaka

Remarks at working luncheon with Finance Minister of Bangladesh [as prepared for delivery]

Thank you for this warm welcome. It is a pleasure to be here.

Let me begin by congratulating you on Bangladesh's remarkable resilience. As the rest of the world struggles with the economic crisis, you keep growing.

I am sure that many finance ministers would like to know your secret!

If I had to guess, I would say it is because you are investing in your people. As we see it at the UN, that is the secret of sustainable development.

In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that Bangladesh has become a model for the world.