AIDS, other health issues

29 July 2013, New York

Remarks to Club des Chefs des Chefs

I am pleased to be with you today.

I travel to all parts of the world and I have been to many different world-class restaurants. I sometimes have the chance to meet with their world-renown chefs, but this is the first time I am meeting Chefs des Chefs. I expected you would treat me to very nice food – although I know they say “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”

29 July 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks at "Passing the Summer Olympics Baton: From London 2012 to Rio 2016" event

I am delighted to be with you for this special event.

Some of you may remember that I had the honour of running in the torch relay last year in London. What a joyous experience! The streets were alive with the excitement and good will of people from around the world. It showed the power of sport to unite different countries for the same goal.

The track suit I wore that day is in a frame for an Olympics exhibition just down the hall. Maybe I should go get it for another run right here! After all, it is time to start training for Rio!

28 June 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the United Nations Population Award Ceremony

Welcome to this important ceremony.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Population Award. Today we celebrate three decades of recognizing individuals and organizations for raising awareness of population questions – and finding solutions.

Population dynamics are central to sustainable development.

We are now at a critical moment. We are in the final stretch of our campaign to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. And we are working to shape a vision for the post-2015 development agenda.

26 June 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks at special event on the International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking

Earlier this year I visited the San Patrignano drug rehabilitation centre in northern Italy. I am pleased to meet Mrs. Letizia Moratti again,who is the President of San Patrignano, who kindly introduced and showed all the facilities and allowed me to meet the people.

There, more than 1,200 young women and men from 28 countries are learning how to free themselves from the curse of addiction so they can enjoy dignified, productive lives.

I was humbled by their commitment and the compassion of their dedicated mentors.

10 June 2013, General Assembly

Remarks to General Assembly on Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS

Thank you for the opportunity to address this important session on progress in our global struggle against AIDS. I thank Mr. Michel Sidibé for his excellent leadership at the helm of UNAIDS. I applaud the engagement of governments. And I especially commend all the representatives from civil society who have done so much to advance this cause.

Today’s review takes place almost half way to the target date set by the 2011 Political Declaration. We have made important progress to turn the tide on the HIV epidemic. We are paving the way to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

05 June 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks at third International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development

Welcome to the third International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development.

It gives me great pleasure to host this important gathering.

The link between sport, peace and development grows stronger by the year.

It can be traced back in history to the original Olympic truce, which guaranteed safe passage to athletes and other travellers attending the ancient Games.

It is found in the bidding requirements for modern Olympic host cities, which are asked to provide a durable social and environmental legacy.

05 June 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Second Annual Forbes 400 Summit

I am delighted to join this remarkable summit. It is a pleasure to welcome you to UN Headquarters. I salute the many philanthropists who have made major contributions to the United Nations.

Today I want to enlist your engagement in an historic campaign to save millions of lives and set our world on a more peaceful and prosperous path.

Ted Turner led the way 15 years ago with his remarkable $1 billion contribution.

02 June 2013, Yokohama

Remarks at reception on Malaria and the Development Agenda co-hosted by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

I am very happy to be here.

It is wonderful to see so many champions in our fight against malaria.

This is especially important for Africa – where malaria hits the hardest.

Five years ago, I called for universal coverage for malaria.

I was moved by the world’s response.

That year, here in Yokohama, UNICEF launched its State of the World’s Children report.

26 May 2013, Addis Ababa

Remarks at AIDS Watch Africa event

I am honoured to join you in celebrating Africa’s achievements over the past half-century.

This afternoon we celebrate a critical milestone -- your remarkable progress on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Once, these diseases ravaged Africa. Now they are on the decline.

The number of people who get HIV has fallen by a quarter since 2001. Nearly 13 million people have received treatment for TB. Malaria deaths are down by one third.

This dramatic turnaround was driven by each of you. You took collective action through the African Union.

07 May 2013, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Every Woman Every Child Taking Action Summit

Thank you for that kind introduction – and my thanks to our hosts:  JP Morgan, the UN Foundation and the MDG Health Alliance.

I strongly commend efforts such as this to bring together private sector leaders who understand the importance of corporate social responsibility and giving back – and who believe in taking action. 

I know that in this room we have many of the world’s top thinkers, experts, and philanthropists from across sectors and industries.