2 March 2002

Winning the war in Afghanistan is not the same as keeping the peace. Here I would like to correct a common misconception, mostly produced by the media. Achieving peace and building communities and nations are... Read more

29 January 2002

Let me get right to the point. Ten years after the adoption of Agenda 21, the primary challenge remains: to ensure that access to resources for human development is in balance with human numbers; to end extreme... Read more

1 December 2001

Never before has the issue of HIV/AIDS been so high on the political agenda. Never before have we seen such high levels of awareness and commitment. Yet, today on World AIDS Day, we must confront the sad reality that... Read more

24 October 2001

Thank you for the kind introduction. It is so nice to be here with all of you today and to have the opportunity to get to know each other better. I will keep my remarks brief so we can have time for discussion.

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2 October 2001

This is a very difficult time for all of us who care about development and the values that lie behind it. We have seen such sudden, terrible violence that it fills our minds and hearts, and everything has to relate... Read more

13 September 2001

In remarks to the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director

We convene our last... Read more

11 July 2001

Billions of ordinary people share the same aspirations: a secure life, a place to live, economic opportunity for themselves, education and health care for their children. Modest goals—yet half the world go their... Read more

16 May 2001

Mr President,

Since this is my first address to a United Nations conference at the global level, perhaps I may be allowed to introduce myself. I am Thoraya Ahmed Obaid of Saudi Arabia, and the Secretary-... Read more

3 May 2001

I am very happy to join all of you here today. Meeting reproductive health supply needs is a key element of the global effort to improve people’s lives by protecting their reproductive and sexual health. Given the... Read more

27 April 2001

President Obasanjo; Mr. Chairman; Excellencies, Heads of State and Government; distinguished delegates; ladies and gentlemen:

It is an honour for me to address a conference of the OAU, for the first time... Read more