AIDS, other health issues

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.

19 December 2014, Freetown

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone

I am very pleased to visit [Sierra Leone] for the third time as a Secretary-General of the United Nations.

19 December 2014, Hastings

Remarks at Ebola Treatment Unit PTS1

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It is an honour to be with you today.

I thank Rebecca Johnson for her moving story.

What a remarkable journey: from Ebola caregiver to Ebola survivor -- and then back again to caregiver.

What is even more extraordinary is her dedication. Thank you for showing us that, as you said so memorably, “Ebola is not the end of the world”.

19 December 2014, Monrovia

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia

Thank you, Madame President, for your very kind welcome and hospitality and recognition of the United Nations and the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) work in this.

I am very pleased to visit Liberia again, but this time with a very unique and very important mission. I am here to demonstrate our strong partnership and solidarity and assurance of support for the people and Government of Liberia in addressing this Ebola outbreak.

17 December 2014, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at year-end press conference

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to see you at the end of this year. I am very glad to see you so bright-eyed after last night's UNCA [Awards] dinner. In fact, we have some pieces of cake left if anybody wants. You are welcome. Thank you for all your friendship and cooperation and support for all United Nations work. Thank you very much.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Since I have just come back from Lima, after attending the climate change meeting, let me begin with climate change.

05 December 2014, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Economic and Social Council Meeting on Ebola: A Threat to Sustainable Development

I thank the President of the Economic and Social Council for convening this important and timely meeting.

Global solidarity has brought us a long way in addressing Ebola.

And, I join the President of ECOSOC in expressing my deepest condolences and sympathies to the affected people and governments of those countries.

With an even greater collective push we can end the outbreak, help the affected societies build back stronger, and safeguard our world against future risks.

Ebola has taken a devastating humanitarian toll in West Africa.

21 November 2014, Washington, D.C.

Opening remarks to media on Ebola

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you for your time. And I am glad that I have an opportunity to speak about Ebola.

We have just had an in-depth, extensive discussion among the Chief Executives of the United Nations system on Ebola.

We are determined to do everything in our power to help the affected countries to stop the outbreak of Ebola, treat the infected people and ensure that all essential services are provided, and preserve stability of the country and prevent outbreaks in the country and prevent further spread to other countries.

30 October 2014, Nairobi

Remarks at the launch of The Guardian’s Global Media Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

I am delighted to be here at the launch of this Global Media Campaign against female genital mutilation. It recognizes the critical role of media around the world in adding their voices and reach to help end FGM in a generation.

With its anti-FGM campaigns in the United Kingdom, the United States, The Gambia, and now Kenya, The Guardian has demonstrated its commitment to bringing an end to this brutal practice. I commend the Kenyan Government for intensifying its efforts to end FGM.

28 October 2014, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks to the press with the African Union Commission Chairperson and President of the World Bank on the Ebola crisis

I am pleased to be here with the African Union Commission to discuss an issue of national, regional and global concerns to us all -- the world’s response to Ebola.

With Dr. Zumba and President Kim and other partner organizations, we had extensive discussions on how our three organizations our three organizations - the United Nations, AU and the World Bank -- and other partners organizations and multilateral banks, development banks can help the international community's efforts to address the Ebola outbreak.