AIDS, other health issues

15 November 2011, Dhaka

Opening remarks at press conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,

Assalamu Alaikum,

Let me begin by thanking the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, and her Government and people of Bangladesh for their hospitality and excellent arrangements during my stay.

Dhonyobad [Thank you].

I have had a short stay, but a full visit.

Yesterday I met with the Prime Minister and other senior Government officials. I visited your institute of peacekeeping and the research hospital, ICDDR,B.

I saw, on site, what it means to put simple solutions to work to save lives.

15 November 2011, Dhaka

Remarks at Every Woman, Every Child Dinner with Public and Private Partners

This is my second trip to Bangladesh as Secretary-General.

The UN has 193 Member States. Some I have not visited even once.

So you might wonder why I wanted to visit.

Partly, I have to admit, I love ilish mach,the national fish dish in Bangladesh. You must have already tasted it.

But mostly I am here to meet with you.

You and the women and children of Bangladesh, the soldiers and the students, the leaders in government and the people in the villages.

Yesterday, I visited a peacekeeping training centre.

20 September 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks to "Every Woman, Every Child" Event

It is a great pleasure to participate in this very important initiative, Every Woman, Every Child.

You have seen just a small, brief video and I felt very much touched. I was very happy that while I have been always speaking, talking to people [saying] “Please do this and please do that,” I thought: I did something myself. It was quite moving.

20 September 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-Level Event on Scaling up Nutrition

Welcome, all of you:

Nutrition leaders from across the UN system.

Our valuable development partners, with your great expertise.

Partners in civil society who reach out across communities.

And executives from the private sector who take an interest in public health.

One year ago, we launched this Scaling Up Nutrition Movement at an event co-hosted by the United States and Ireland.

At that moment, we pledged to make a difference.

Our message was clear and compelling.

One thousand days: change a life, change the future.

19 September 2011, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

This is a landmark meeting. Three out of every five people on earth die from the diseases that we gather here to address.

I am guessing that each one of us has been close to someone whose life has been changed or ended too early by a non-communicable disease.

This is the second health issue ever to be addressed at a special meeting of the General Assembly.

Our collaboration is more than a public health necessity. Non-communicable diseases are a threat to development. NCDs hit the poor and vulnerable particularly hard, and drive them deeper into poverty.

15 September 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Women's International Forum "Priorities for a Changing World : A Vision for the UN in the Second Decade of the Twenty-First Century" [as prepared for delivery]

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for this opportunity to meet together.

We meet at a momentous time. You can see how central the UN is to solving the world's main problems just by looking at the high-level meetings we are convening in the coming weeks. On nuclear safety and security. On global health threats. On counter-terrorism. On sustainable development. And on regional hotspots that have global ramifications.

14 September 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks at special event to launch the 7 Billion Actions Initiative

Thank you, Mr. Riz Khan, distinguished leaders on the podium, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am excited to be here for this launch of the 7 Billion Actions Initiative.

I am especially pleased to share a podium with so many leaders here.

I am extremely grateful to UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for the expertise, experience and above all enormous passion he brings to this cause.

13 September 2011, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference to launch Roll Back Malaria Partnership Report, "A Decade of Partnership and Results"

Thank you Professor Coll-Seck [Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership], Ms. [Geeta Rao] Gupta [UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director].

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

Today we launch the Roll Back Malaria Partnership report, A Decade of Partnership and Results.

It paints a picture of remarkable achievement.

Malaria is on the retreat across the globe.

Since the beginning of the century, malaria deaths and cases have fallen by half in more than 10 countries in Africa, and in most endemic countries.

21 June 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Launch of "Sustainable Sanitation : Five-Year Drive to 2015"

Your Royal Highness, the Prince of Orange,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Good Morning,

Last month I visited Nigeria and Ethiopia to highlight global progress and shortfalls on women's and children's health.

During my visit, I saw that simple interventions – by the Government, by business, by civil society - can make a huge difference.

Improving sanitation is one such intervention.

That, of course, is why sanitation itself is included among the targets in our work towards the Millennium Development Goals.

09 June 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks at launch of Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children and Keeping their Mothers Alive

Your Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria,
Your Excellency President Bill Clinton,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished First Ladies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all for coming here today.

I especially thank UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé for his visionary leadership and commitment in supporting this very successful high-level meeting. I also deeply appreciate his bold call for a world free of new HIV infections, stigma and AIDS-related deaths.