AIDS, other health issues

08 June 2011, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS side event with Heads of State and Government on AIDS, Health and Development

Ms. Anandi Yuvraj [representative of people living with HIV],
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am encouraged to see so many heads of State and government engaged in our global campaign against AIDS.

I am also honoured to welcome Ms. Vuruadj. She is a powerful example of the kind of courage and openness that saves lives.

People living with HIV have driven this campaign from the start.

I have just come from a meeting with members of UN Plus. They are members of my family – the UN family – who are making a difference in the fight against AIDS.

08 June 2011, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

General Assembly President [Joseph] Deiss,
Distinguished heads of State and government,
Honourable ministers,
Eminent representatives of civil society and the private sector,

Thirty years ago, AIDS was terrifying, deadly and spreading fast.

Today, we have a chance to end this epidemic once and for all.

The story of how we got here was written by many of you. The governments, the medical community, the private sector and, above all, the activists who struggled against AIDS in their lives and around the world.

07 June 2011, Security Council

Remarks to Security Council hearing on the Global Impact of HIV/AIDS on Peace and Security

Your Excellency President Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank His Excellency President Ali Bongo Odimba for convening this important meeting. I greatly appreciate Gabon's leadership in tabling the vital resolution that Council members have just adopted. Now is the time for bold action.

More than ten years ago, then US Ambassador, Richard Holbrooke, pushed for the first discussion of HIV and AIDS in this Council chamber.

24 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks at breakfast meeting with the Governors' Forum (as prepared for delivery)


It is wonderful to be here in Nigeria - my first visit to this country as Secretary-General.

As you know, I am here to learn more about your challenges and achievements in the field of public health - and specifically on women's and children's health.

But first, let me begin with a few words on the recent elections.

This was an important test for the country and the continent.

This year Africa will see more than 20 presidential elections.

23 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks to private sector and civil society leaders (as prepared for delivery)

Somewhere today, in Nigeria, a child is polio-free – a mother is nursing a healthy baby – a family is free of malaria – because a business or a civil society group decided to devote attention and resources to their health.

We are here tonight to celebrate these gains – and to explore how to scale them up – here in Nigeria and around the world.

I am delighted to see such high level representation here – from the private sector, from civil society – and from Government.

23 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks at the Dutse Makaranta Primary Health Care Centre

How una dey? [“How are you?”]

Yesterday, I recorded Maitama General Hospital and I am very please to visit the Dutse Makarante healh centre.

22 May 2011, Abuja

Remarks at Maitama Hospital, Abidjan

How una dey? [“How are you?”]

Thank you for your warm welcome.

I am honoured to be here at Maitama Hospital.

You are saving young mothers and their babies – and helping them look forward to a healthy future.

You are keeping others from getting sick – or helping them to get better when they are ill.

This has been a top priority for me since I became Secretary-General.

Healthy women – healthy mothers – healthy children – means healthy societies.

Health systems that work for women and children are health systems that work for all.

12 May 2011, New York

Remarks at press event on Road Safety

Thank you, Mr. Mayor [Michael Bloomberg],
Transportation Commissioner Ms. Sadik-Khan,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear citizens of New York City,

Thank you very much, Mr. Mayor, for your leadership and commitment to save human lives on the road.

I am delighted to be here with Mayor Bloomberg, a good friend and strong supporter of the United Nations. We are here to push an issue we both care about deeply: road safety.

Every year around the world, more than 1.3 people die in traffic crashes.

Millions more are injured.

11 May 2011, Geneva

Remarks to the Second International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development

Your honourable President Rogge of the IOC,
Your Royal Highness,
Mr. Tokayev, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva,
Mr. Lemke, Special Adviser on Sports for Peace and Development
Distinguished members of the IOC,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to address this second Forum on sports and peace and development.

I am now here for two specific reasons.

26 April 2011, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly's Special Commemorative Meeting in Observance of the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster

Madame President, Her Excellency Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, Permanent Representative of Nicaragua,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is one thing to read about Chernobyl, another to see it for yourself.

Anyone visiting that infamous site, as I did last week, will be profoundly moved:

The giant reactor – encased in concrete, yet still deadly.

The empty town and nearby villages – houses in ruin, the land contaminated.

Chernobyl displaced hundreds of thousands of people and affected millions more.