AIDS, other health issues

03 July 2015, Bridgetown

Remarks at launch of UNAIDS and Lancet Commission Report: Defeating AIDS - Advancing Global Health

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today we launch a major report produced by an impressive Commission.

Heads of State and health experts joined with people living with HIV, young people, activists and other partners to give us their best recommendations in Defeating AIDS – Advancing Global Health.

A quarter of a million people in this region live with HIV. The governments here struggle to finance their responses.

The epidemic is only made worse by punitive laws and stigma. These drive vulnerability to HIV infection – and block access to life-saving treatment.

02 June 2015, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly Informal Plenary on Ebola

[bilingual, as delivered]

Thank you for this chance to update you on our response to the Ebola outbreak.

I bring a message of caution: The world has come together to address this outbreak but our investments and sacrifices could be lost unless we complete the job.

President Kutesa has shown wise leadership, and I thank him for his strong commitment and leadership.

I am also pleased to welcome Mr. Peter Graaff, my new Acting Special Representative of the UN Mission, UNMEER, who was critical in Liberia’s progress as the Ebola Crisis Manager.

17 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at press conference at World Bank Spring Meetings Special High-Level Event on Ebola

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to thank Jim Kim, President of the World Bank, for organizing this gathering, together with the Presidents of the three affected countries. I would like to highly commend the leadership of the three Presidents from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

I am very glad that we are discussing the recovery of these countries when we see a reduction of the number of cases.

17 April 2015, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at World Bank Special High-Level Event on Ebola

The Ebola epidemic remains a pressing challenge.

Too many lives have been lost.

Families, communities and nations have been devastated.

Yet, over recent months, we have seen important progress.

The Presidents and governments of the affected countries have shown leadership and resolve.

Communities have adopted safe and dignified methods of caring for the sick and burying the dead.

And we have seen multilateralism at its best.

02 April 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks on World Autism Awareness Day

Thank you all for being here today. This is a very important gathering and thank you very much for coming to the engagement in helping people with autism.

02 March 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks to concert "Stop Ebola and Build for the Future"

I am pleased to be with you this evening.

I thank the Government of São Tomé and Principe, and with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the United African Congress and the Give them a Hand Foundation for organizing this concert.

We are here to celebrate progress and urge solidarity in the final push to defeat Ebola, and help the affected countries build for a better future.

Last December, I visited West Africa to see how much has been achieved by the people and governments of Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone.

18 February 2015, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly meeting on Ebola

[bilingual, as delivered]

We met five months ago when the world was coming to terms with an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

The outbreak was gaining ground every hour, outpacing response efforts.

You recognized the grave threat that Ebola posed to the region and beyond. You welcomed the deployment of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response - UNMEER: the first of its kind in the history of the United Nations.

30 January 2015, Addis Ababa

Remarks at roundtable on Ebola outbreak

Thank you for organizing this working lunch

This Ebola outbreak is the largest the world has ever known.

More than 21,000 people have been infected.

Some 8,500 have died.

I saw the evidence myself when I visited Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali a few weeks ago. People’s lives and livelihoods have been devastated.

A global coalition of governments, regional organizations, civil society actors, businesses, development banks and philanthropic foundations has committed generously to stop the spread of this cruel disease.

20 January 2015, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on Ebola

As you know, last month, I travelled to Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali to show my solidarity -- and that of the United Nations -- with the governments, communities and people affected by the Ebola outbreak. I also visited UNMEER Headquarters in Ghana.

I held extensive talks with the Presidents of these countries.

I met with courageous responders on the front lines.

I was inspired by the hundreds of people working tirelessly to coordinate this complex response operation.

22 December 2014, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter on Ebola

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to see you.

I have just convened a UN system-wide meeting on the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Having just returned from the region yesterday, I wanted to share my observations with our principal leaders of the Organization and make sure that the UN response is a rapid, effective and comprehensive one.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Ebola is a vicious killer. I went to the region to show solidarity and to thank the courageous health workers who have inspired the world.