AIDS, other health issues

09 June 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the presentation of the report by the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me thank first of all former President Kenneth Kaunda and former Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi for their leadership of the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. I congratulate all the Commissioners on producing this important report, which should help Africa sharpen its response to the AIDS pandemic. I am also very pleased to meet His Excellency the Prime Minister of Swaziland [Mr. Absalom Themba Dlamini], and for his participation and contribution today.

09 May 2008, Atlanta

Opening remarks at press encounter following meeting on Global Health and the United Nations at the Carter Center

Thank you, President Carter, ladies and gentlemen of the press. I am very grateful for your very kind words as well as your hospitality, and for convening this meeting in Atlanta on global health issues.

I am delighted to be with you today and to be seated here with Dr. Chan and Dr. Brundtland, two of the most esteemed figures in the global health field.

We are here not only because global health is an enormous challenge, but also because we can do something about it.

06 May 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the launch of "UN Cares": The UN system-wide workplace programme on HIV

Excellencies, Dr. Obaid, Colleagues,

Today, we join as one UN to launch UN Cares -- the workplace programme on HIV embracing the entire United Nations family.

With this initiative, we commit to making available the staff, time and resources needed to meet a specific set of 10 minimum standards by the end of 2011 -- from training, counselling and testing to insurance coverage and access to condoms.

26 March 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks on the handover of the report of the Commission on AIDS in Asia

I am grateful for this opportunity to help launch this comprehensive report. As Secretary-General and as an Asian, I am particularly moved to have this chance to contribute to a full and honest discussion about the epidemic in Asia -- a discussion which has not always been forthright or open enough in the past.

30 November 2007, New York

Remarks at observance of World AIDS Day

Thank you all for being here. Let me say a special thanks to Saint Bartholomew’s Church for welcoming us again this year, as well as all the organizers who have helped bring us together. And let me thank all the performers, who are giving so generously of their time and talent.

By coming out to mark World AIDS Day, you are all giving life to the theme of this year’s observance -- leadership. Without leadership, we will never get ahead of the epidemic. For AIDS is a disease unlike any other.

02 October 2007, New York

Remarks at the Americans for UNFPA [United Nations Population Fund] Gala for the Health and Dignity of Women

(As prepared for delivery)

I am delighted to join all of you for this opportunity to stand up for the health and dignity of women. I thank Anika Rahman and Americans for UNFPA for making it happen.

27 September 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the launch of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative

I am delighted to be with you at this launch of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative. Let me thank all of you -- the Foreign Ministers of Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand -- for coming together to use diplomacy in securing better health for all, particularly for the most vulnerable.

As a former Foreign Minister, I am the first to agree that foreign policy practitioners should adopt a broad approach in addressing issues that respect no borders.

21 May 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the General Assembly review of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS

I am grateful for this opportunity to meet with all of you on one of the gravest challenges of our time.

In the course of a quarter of a century, HIV has infected 65 million people, and killed 25 million.  Today, 40 million people are living with HIV.  Almost half of them are women.  More women -- including married women -- are living with HIV than ever before.

Without adequate treatment, all those infected will die.  Some 8,000 people die of AIDS-related illnesses every day.

07 May 2007, New York

Remarks to a Luncheon Hosted by the Friends of the World Federation of United Nations Associations

Thank you, Ambassador Luers.

Ambassador vanden Heuvel,
Mr. Ross, Honorary President, World Federation of United Nations Associations,
Mr. Blix, President of the World Federation,
Ms. Wells, Secretary-General of the World Federation,

I am delighted to be among such steadfast friends and allies of the United Nations. Gatherings such as yours provide a tremendous source of strength to me in my job as Secretary-General.

02 June 2006, General Assembly

Kofi Annan's address at the opening of the high-level segment of the General Assembly meeting on AIDS

Thank you all for coming today. I hope the fact that so many Governments are represented here at the highest level today signals real commitment to our fight against HIV/AIDS.

In 25 years, AIDS has changed the world. It has killed 25 million people. It has become the leading cause of death among both men and women aged between 15 and 59. It has inflicted the single greatest reversal in the history of human development.

In other words, it has become the greatest challenge of our generation.