AIDS, other health issues

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.

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.