AIDS, other health issues

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.

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

[as prepared for delivery]

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.