AIDS, other health issues

01 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the General Assembly on a New Approach to Address Cholera in Haiti

[Trilingual version, as delivered] [scroll down for English]

Merci d’être venus aujourd’hui par solidarité avec le peuple haïtien, pour lui manifester votre respect et votre soutien.

Je voudrais avant tout féliciter le peuple haïtien pour le déroulement pacifique des élections qui se sont tenues récemment, dont les résultats préliminaires ont été annoncés en début de semaine. 

30 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at World AIDS Day event

Thank you, Mr. Sidibe, for your very kind words and for recognizing my small contribution. Whatever we might have been able to achieve, it was done with all our concerted efforts and commitment.
 
I am honoured to take this very meaningful gift as a token of our common solidarity, reigniting and solidifying our strong engagement and commitment to eliminate HIV on this earth. We have been making this our commitment that by 2030, that there will be no new cases of HIV/AIDS, no deaths caused by HIV/AIDS  and also no discrimination against people living with HIV.
 

02 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks on receiving the Founders Award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Thank you, Sir Elton, David and all of you for this great honour.
 
I proudly accept this award in the name of my fellow UN colleagues working for justice and equality for every member of our human family.

I also want to thank the Elton John AIDS Foundation for your extraordinary work.

28 September 2016, Security Council

Briefing to the Security Council Debate on Protection of Civilians: Healthcare in Armed Conflict

I thank New Zealand for hosting today’s debate, and I welcome Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Dr. Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières.
 
The ICRC and MSF play a critical role in providing healthcare in the most difficult and dangerous circumstances. I pay tribute to their staff, and all medical personnel under fire, for their dedication and professionalism.
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This morning, we awoke to reports of strikes on two more hospitals in Aleppo.
 

20 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Every Woman Every Child High-Level Advisory Group

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you today.

When I launched the first Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010, we set out a vision to save and improve the lives of millions.

The Strategy, and the Every Woman Every Child movement that followed it, helped to galvanize the international community.

We accelerated progress in the health arena and focused attention and action on the Millennium Development Goals that were among the furthest behind.

I am proud of what we have achieved.

21 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

I am pleased to join you to address this important topic.

Antimicrobial resistance poses a fundamental, long-term threat to human health, sustainable food production and development.

It is not that it may happen in the future.

It is a very present reality -- in all parts of the world, in developing and developed countries; in rural and urban areas; in hospitals; on farms and in communities.

We are losing our ability to protect both people and animals from life-threatening infections.

Let me give just a few, sobering examples.

19 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Side Event on Global Preparedness and Response to Health Crises: Implementing Lessons Learned

Your Excellency Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [Japan],
Your Excellency Prime Minister Erna Solberg, [Norway]
Minister Gerd Müller, [Germany]
Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization,
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group,
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

17 September 2016, Montréal

Remarks at the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference

Today we celebrate 15 years of achievement -- and we look forward to even more success in the critical years to come.

Since it was established, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has helped to save some 20 million people.

Its example of working for countries, communities and groups most in need provides a firm foundation for the new era of opportunity that began this year.

18 July 2016, Durban

Remarks at opening press conference of AIDS 2016

Sixteen years ago, Nelson Mandela addressed the International AIDS Conference in Durban. He called it “a gathering of human beings concerned about turning around one of the greatest threats humankind has faced.”

Madiba brought his towering courage to this cause. He supported all people affected by HIV. He called for access to treatment, equity and human rights.

That was a turning point that led to remarkable global progress.

18 July 2016, Durban

Remarks to the press on the High-level panel on access to medicines

Since today is Nelson Mandela International Day, I want to draw on his wisdom.

Madiba once pointed out that while the AIDS epidemic threatens the fabric of our lives, more money is spent on weapons than on helping people infected by HIV. And he added that, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”