AIDS, other health issues

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,
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.”

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.