AIDS, other health issues

12 June 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the 11th session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

It is my pleasure to join you at this 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This Convention protects the rights of some

1.5 billion people around the world, and is one of the most widely-ratified international human rights treaties, with 177 ratifications since its adoption in 2006.

12 June 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at General Assembly Review of HIV-AIDS

I am pleased to be with you today.
We are at the halfway point to the 2020 Fast-Track commitments agreed by the General Assembly in 2016.
The world is making good progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
More people have access to HIV testing and treatment.
Access to antiretroviral therapy has expanded by more than 20 million people since 1990.
As mother-to-child transmission continues to decline, and fewer children are living with HIV, we are moving closer to bringing about an AIDS-free generation.

04 June 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at interactive civil society hearing on tuberculosis

Distinguished civil society representatives,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am indeed delighted to be with you.
I thank the President of the General Assembly, together with the World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership, for gathering us here today.

I would also like to thank the leadership of His Excellency. Mr. Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan and H.E. Mr. Walton Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, the co-facilitators of the outcomes of the high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis.

14 December 2017, Tokyo

Remarks at the Universal Health Coverage Forum

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank our co-organizers and commend the government of Japan for its leadership and vision in hosting this meeting.
Thank you also to Prime Minister Abe for his exciting announcement of US$2.9 billion for universal health coverage programmes.

01 December 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the General Assembly on a New Approach to Address Cholera in Haiti

[Trilingual version, as delivered] [scroll down for English]

Merci d’être venus aujourd’hui par solidarité avec le peuple haïtien, pour lui manifester votre respect et votre soutien.

Je voudrais avant tout féliciter le peuple haïtien pour le déroulement pacifique des élections qui se sont tenues récemment, dont les résultats préliminaires ont été annoncés en début de semaine. 

30 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at World AIDS Day event

Thank you, Mr. Sidibe, for your very kind words and for recognizing my small contribution. Whatever we might have been able to achieve, it was done with all our concerted efforts and commitment.
I am honoured to take this very meaningful gift as a token of our common solidarity, reigniting and solidifying our strong engagement and commitment to eliminate HIV on this earth. We have been making this our commitment that by 2030, that there will be no new cases of HIV/AIDS, no deaths caused by HIV/AIDS  and also no discrimination against people living with HIV.

02 November 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks on receiving the Founders Award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Thank you, Sir Elton, David and all of you for this great honour.
I proudly accept this award in the name of my fellow UN colleagues working for justice and equality for every member of our human family.

I also want to thank the Elton John AIDS Foundation for your extraordinary work.

28 September 2016, Security Council

Briefing to the Security Council Debate on Protection of Civilians: Healthcare in Armed Conflict

I thank New Zealand for hosting today’s debate, and I welcome Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Dr. Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières.
The ICRC and MSF play a critical role in providing healthcare in the most difficult and dangerous circumstances. I pay tribute to their staff, and all medical personnel under fire, for their dedication and professionalism.
This morning, we awoke to reports of strikes on two more hospitals in Aleppo.

20 September 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Every Woman Every Child High-Level Advisory Group

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you today.

When I launched the first Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010, we set out a vision to save and improve the lives of millions.

The Strategy, and the Every Woman Every Child movement that followed it, helped to galvanize the international community.

We accelerated progress in the health arena and focused attention and action on the Millennium Development Goals that were among the furthest behind.

I am proud of what we have achieved.

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.