I commit myself, and the entire United Nations, to this effort. We will support all leaders who rise to the challenge I have outlined today.
Secretary-General speeches on climate action
"The green economy is the economy of the future and we need to make way for it right now."
"We need more ambition, more solidarity and more urgency."
"Let’s make 2020 the year we put the world for a carbon-neutral future"
"There is still a long way to go and we are still running behind climate change."
"The decisions we make here will ultimately define whether we choose a path of hope, or a path of surrender..."
"Our war against nature must stop. And we know that that is possible."
"Preventing irreversible climate disruption is the race of our lives and for our lives. It is a race we can and must win."
"What we ask for is not solidarity, it’s not generosity, it is enlightened self-interest from all decision-makers around the world."
"We have the blueprints, the frameworks and the plans. What we need is urgency, political will and ambition."
"[M]ove taxes from salaries to carbon [...] subsidies for fossil fuels must end [...] stop the construction of coal power plants from 2020 onwards"
Remarks to Māori and Pasifika youth at event hosted by James Shaw, New Zealand Minister for Climate Change
"[T]he green economy is the economy of the future and the grey economy has no future"
"We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality."
"We no longer have the luxury of time."
"The Paris Agreement is not a piece of paper."
"Science demands a significantly more ambitious response."
"Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees is still possible and will prevent some of the worst-case scenarios."
"The Climate Summit will provide an opportunity for leaders and stakeholders, both public and private, to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their ambition."
"Climate change is indeed running faster than we are, and we have the risk to see irreversible damage that will not be possible to recover if we don’t act very, very quickly."
"The Climate Summit will provide an opportunity for leaders and partners to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their ambition"
"Over 250 investors with $28 trillion dollars in managed assets have signed on to the Climate Action 100+ initiative"