23 October 2013, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Martin Lidegaard, Denmark's Minister of Climate, Energy and Building

Good morning, God dag,

It is a great pleasure to see you early in the morning. We start very early in the morning.

My visit to Denmark has been extremely valuable on many issues, but most of all, on advancing action on climate change and sustainable development.

23 October 2013, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at meeting on climate finance

I thank the government of Denmark and Minister for Climate, Energy and Buildings, Mr. Martin Lidegaard, for inviting me to this important meeting.

We face a looming deadline and a historic opportunity.

By the end of 2015, United Nations Member States have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, establish a new framework for sustainable development, and complete a legal global agreement on climate change.

23 October 2013, Copenhagen

Remarks at launch of Energy Efficiency Hub

Ban Ki-moon tours the roof of UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark, which has been outfitted with wind turbines and solar panels. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Government of Denmark has once again shown its leadership in establishing this Sustainable Energy for All Energy Efficiency Hub here at the UN City in Copenhagen.

I extend my sincere thanks for this initiative.

With its dynamic private sector, cutting edge public policy and vibrant universities, Denmark is a global leader in the production and use of clean energy technology.

It is fitting that this new entity should be housed in the most energy efficient UN building in the world.

23 October 2013, Copenhagen

Remarks at townhall with Danish University Students

Dear students,
Ladies and gentlemen,

God eftermiddag, det er vidunderligt at være her i jeres hyggelige selskab

[“Good afternoon – it is wonderful to be in your cozy company.”]

I am very happy for this chance to meet with you. Thank you for coming together at this historic Royal Library.

This is my second visit to Denmark this year. When I planned my trip, the meeting was full of staff.

I thought that was because Denmark makes such an enormous contribution to the United Nations – in peacekeeping, development and on human rights.

22 October 2013, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with H.E. Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to see you and it is a great pleasure for me to visit Copenhagen again this year.

I thank Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt and the people of Denmark for their hospitality and strong support for the United Nations.

I greatly value the strong and longstanding partnership between Denmark and the United Nations.

As a founding member of the Organization, Denmark plays an important and constructive role globally in every aspect of the United Nations agenda.

22 October 2013, Copenhagen

Keynote address at Third Global Green Growth Forum

I am delighted to be back in Copenhagen to speak for the third time at the Global Green Growth Forum.

Last year, I met with the Korean celebrity Psy.

I am sure you all remember ‘Gangnam Style’!

Psy was so energetic that I joked that he was a one-man solution to the energy crisis.

Of course, achieving a clean energy transformation will need the combined efforts of governments, multilateral investment banks, private finance, civil society, the knowledge community and the private sector.

That is why I established the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

04 July 2013, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Thank you very much.

I am very happy to be back in Denmark. I am very happy to see this wonderful UN-City building. I thank Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt and the Danish Government and people for their warm welcome and generous contribution.