AIDS, other health issues

20 June 2016, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Briefing on Global Health Crises

I thank the President of the General Assembly for taking the initiative to organize this important briefing.

I also thank His Excellency Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, for his leadership as the Chair of the High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises. Thank you, Mr. President, for your participation.

I am glad he could join us today from Dakar to discuss the findings of the Panel.

08 June 2016, General Assembly

Opening remarks to General Assembly High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS

It is a great pleasure to be here with you today to open this important high-level meeting on HIV/AIDs.

Ten years ago when I took over as Secretary-General, AIDS was still devastating families, communities and nations.

In many low-income countries, treatment was scarce. In 2007, only 3 million people - one third of those in need - had access to life saving antiretroviral drugs.

30 January 2016, Addis Ababa

Remarks at luncheon of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance

I am pleased to be here in Addis Ababa to meet with so many leaders of the African Union and to talk about our shared effort to defeat one of the world’s biggest killers.

I am talking, of course, about malaria.

Given the heavy burden of the disease in this region, you are in a unique position to reflect on the progress made over the past 15 years, and the challenges that remain.

The malaria target of the Millennium Development Goals to halt and reverse the incidence of the disease has been reached on a global level. This is a remarkable achievement.

13 January 2016, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Briefing on Ebola

Almost 16 months have passed since the General Assembly approved resolution 69/1, expressing grave concern at the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Today, we face a vastly different situation.

For the first time since the outbreak started, the region is on the cusp of being declared free of Ebola transmission.

Sierra Leone declared the end of Ebola transmission on 7 November 2015.

Guinea marked this milestone on 29 December 2015.

28 November 2015, Valletta

Remarks at polio eradication event

Let me begin by thanking Prime Minister Muscat and all the leaders here for their focus on this vital subject.

Polio struck down many of my generation.

Now we are on the verge of striking down polio.

A world that may have once seemed unimaginable is within reach – a polio-free world.

I have witnessed the progress myself. In August, I visited Nigeria. For the first time in history, Nigeria and the African continent reported a full year without one case of polio.

26 September 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the high-level event on Security a Healthy Future: Resilient Health Systems to Fight Epidemics and Ensure Healthy Lives

Your Excellency Mrs. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany,
Your Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana,
Your Excellency Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania,
Yours Excellency Mrs. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway,
Excellencies,
Mr. Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
Mr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

31 July 2015, UN Headquarters

Statement on the transition of UN Ebola emergency response

As we continue to actively strive to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have reached an important milestone in the global Ebola response.

14 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at launch of UNAIDS MDG6 Report in Ethiopia

The measure of success for the United Nations is not what we promise, but what we deliver for those who need us most.

When it comes to halting and beginning to reverse the AIDS epidemic, the world has delivered.

Together, we have achieved and exceeded the AIDS-related targets of Millennium Development Goal 6.

Together, we have changed the world.

As this book shows, 15 years ago, precious few people were on HIV treatment in Africa and around the world.

Today, 15 million people are on life-saving HIV treatment.

13 July 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at event on Malaria: Financing for a New Era

I am pleased to join you at this meeting on Malaria Financing for a New Era.

We are coming to the end of an extraordinary period in the fight against malaria.

The final report on the Millennium Development Goals tells us that malaria deaths have reached an all-time low.

Our success has been a collective effort forged by partnerships.

It could not have been possible without the contributions of every part of our coalition.

10 July 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the International Ebola Recovery Conference

Thank you, Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, for moderating this very important meeting.

I would like to thank the Presidents of the affected African countries – the President of Guinea, the President of Liberia, and the President of Sierra Leone – and I would also like to thank President Mugabe [of Zimbabwe] who is participating in his capacity as President of the African Union.

And I would also like to thank Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO [World Health Organization] for her leadership.