AIDS, other health issues

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.

16 October 2014, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you.

As you know, I just returned from my week-long trip to the Middle East. I carried a two-fold message: spare no effort to rebuild Gaza – and spare no time to jump-start peace talks.

I travelled to Gaza two days ago to survey the needs for myself. I saw whole communities destroyed, and an economy in ruins. I met with the parents of some of the more than 500 children killed in the fighting. I heard heartbreaking accounts of epic loss. So many people are homeless with winter approaching.

09 October 2014, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at World Bank Conference on Clean Water, Improved Sanitation, and Better Health for Haiti

I would like to thank Dr. Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank, who has organized this very important and timely meeting to support Haiti.

And I would also like to welcome, it is a great pleasure to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe of Haiti and distinguished ministers from Haiti. Your participation really means a strong commitment on your part to work with the United Nations, the World Bank and the members of the international community.

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.