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05 May 2009 description

SG/SM/12224

Secretary-General: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you. I am sorry that I couldn't have a press conference with you last month, because of my very hectic schedule. I am pleased to have this monthly regular press conference today.

Yesterday, as you know, I briefed the General Assembly on the latest developments regarding the H1N1 epidemic.

As you know, this outbreak is yet another reminder that we live an interconnected world.

04 May 2009 description

SG/SM/12217

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks to Member States on Influenza A (H1N1), in New York, 4 May:

Thank you for participating in this meeting. At a time of global concern about a new strain of influenza -- A (H1N1) -- it is necessary and right that the United Nations comes together to discuss what is happening.

People the world over are worried about the health of their friends, families and children. Today our thoughts must be with all the communities that have been touched by the virus.