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The UN Secretary-General Visits Asia: Nov. 12-17, 2011


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks with the mother of a
newborn child, after helping administer a polio vaccine to the child, at a
local health centre in Bali, Indonesia.

On Saturday, 12 November 2011, the Secretary-General departed for a three-country visit to Asia, which took him to Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia.

A key purpose of his visit was to showcase the progress and leadership of these countries in advancing women’s and children’s health in the context of the Every Woman Every Child effort.

  • In Thailand, the Secretary-General participated in a roundtable discussion on universal health coverage in Thailand, praising significant progress towards ensuring coverage for the most vulnerable members of the Thai populationon. >>Read an article on the Secretary-General's remarks.



  • In Indonesia, the Secretary-General delivered remarks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s Business and Investment Summit in Bali, issuing a call to action for the business community to join the effort to improve women's and children's health. "When women and children die needlessly from disease, or complications which can be prevented, it is a tragedy," the Secretary-General declared. "It is a tragedy of the world because these deaths are easily preventable. And I'd like to ask you to lead by example." >>Read the full remarks.

View a detailed summary of the Secretary-General's trip, including daily updates, speeches and photos.

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