AIDS, other health issues

09 October 2014, Washington, D.C.

Remarks on the Ebola Epidemic

The West Africans are scared. They need our urgent help.

The world fears Ebola too. That is why we are here.

The best antidote to fear is an effective and urgent response. We need a 20-fold resource mobilization.

We meet today to build on the High-Level Meeting on Ebola that I convened about ten days ago with President Obama and other leaders at UN Headquarters.

We have five priorities.

First: we must stop the outbreak.

Second, we must treat the infected people.

Third, we must provide essential services.

25 September 2014, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-Level Event on Ebola

I thank H.E. Mr. Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, for joining us in person. I also welcome H.E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and H.E. Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, who are participating by video teleconference link, and are now observing the proceedings. President Johnson-Sirleaf and President Koroma will shortly deliver their statements from the screens on either side of this podium. Thank you for your participation and leadership.

18 September 2014, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on Ebola

I would like to thank Ambassador Power and the United States for convening this Security Council session on the Ebola Virus Disease.

Only twice before has the Security Council met to discuss the security implications of a public health issue -- both times on the AIDS epidemic. Like those meetings, today’s session on the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is timely and clearly warranted.

05 September 2014, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the press on Ebola

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for your time.

I have just convened senior leaders and experts from across the United Nations system to discuss our next steps in managing the Ebola epidemic.

12 August 2014, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter

Good afternoon everyone. It is a great pleasure to see you. It has been about two weeks since I saw you last. The world continues to experience tumult and turmoil, with several crises occurring at the same time. I would like to say a few words about three of the emergencies.

First, the situation in Iraq.

16 July 2014, Santo Domingo

Address to joint session of congress

Muchas gracias por su cálida bienvenida.

Es un privilegio visitar esta bella tierra ... de bachata ... y béisbol!

Alemania ganó la Copa Mundial de Futbol.

Pero ustedes son los campeones del Clásico Mundial de Béisbol. Felicitaciones!

And you are the top exporter of Major League Baseball talent – from Juan Marichal and Pedro Martínez to David Ortiz and Robinson Cano to young players of Dominican heritage like Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado.

15 July 2014, Port-au-Prince

Opening remarks at press conference

Bonjour, mesdames et messieurs.


Thank you for this opportunity. I have had a very moving and inspiring visit to Haiti.

This is my fifth time as Secretary-General to visit this country. I visited on two occasions early in my tenure as a sign of my commitment to the country. I returned thereafter twice in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. Now I have come again at another important moment.

15 July 2014, Santo Domingo

Opening remarks to the press

Señor Presidente, muchas gracias por vuestra calurosa acogida y hospitalidad.

It is a privilege for me to visit the Dominican Republic and its magnificent capital city of Santo Domingo for the first time as Secretary-general of the United Nations. I would like to thank President Medina for accommodating me on this very special night. I understand this is a very special night for the Dominican Republic [because of] the baseball All-Star game which is now happening in the United States and I wish you luck all the best.

14 July 2014, Port-au-Prince

Remarks to the press following meeting with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly


Merci de votre hospitalité, votre accueil très chaleureux. Je suis très impressionné, très touché.

Je suis très heureux d’être de retour en Haïti. Il s’agit de ma cinquième visite en tant que Secrétaire général de l’ONU.

14 July 2014, Los Palmas

Remarks after visiting family affected by cholera

Bonswa. [Good afternoon in Creole]

Mesdames et Messieurs, M. le Premier Ministre,

Je suis venu à Los Palmas en tant que Secrétaire général de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, pour voir par moi-même les effets réels du choléra et exprimer moi-même mes plus sincères condoléances et sympathies au peuple haitien qui a été affecté par le choléra.

Je viens d’avoir un entretien très émouvant avec la famille de Monsieur Prospere. J’ai appris avec beaucoup de tristesse leur souffrance.