Lisbon, Portugal

06 July 2021

Secretary-General's video message to the Global Exploration Summit (GLEX), 6-10 July

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I am delighted to greet the Global Exploration Summit.

The world’s explorers are natural partners of the United Nations.
Your work helps to advance global understanding of our planet and life upon it.

And you promote international cooperation across key fields of human endeavor.

At this pivotal moment, we need your knowledge to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we confront a climate crisis, we need your ideas to seize the opportunities of green energy and the blue economy.

And as the world faces deadly pollution and the collapse of biodiversity, we need your voices to help save our imperiled environment.

Like explorers, the United Nations has a presence that reaches the remotest, wildest parts of the world.

Like you, we are committed to science, evidence and facts.

And like you, we are eager to find new pathways for improving human well-being.

In that spirit of shared purpose, I wish you a successful summit and look forward to more exciting discoveries that point the way to a better future for all.

Thank you.