15 December 2009, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at press conference with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, of the media. It is a great pleasure to have this opportunity to share some thoughts of our assessment, with you, today after the opening of this high level meeting.

15 December 2009, Copenhagen

Remarks introducing Wangari Maathai as UN Messenger of Peace

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to be here with Professor Wangari Maathai, an incomparable environmentalist … activist for women's rights … parliamentarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Wangari Maathai is a living example of how much difference one person, with passion and dedication, can make in the world.

For 45 years, she has dedicated herself to reshaping and improving the physical and social landscape of Africa .

15 December 2009, Copenhagen

Remarks at UNFCCC COP15 High Level Segment

Royal Highness Crown Prince of Denmark,
Royal Highness Prince of Wales
Prime Minister Rasmussen,
Minister Hedegard,
President of COP15,

Mr. De Boer,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Before we begin, let us pause to reflect on how far we have come … to this defining moment in history.

Many said this day would never come.

For years, skeptics called climate change a myth. The science has proved them wrong.

03 October 2009, Copenhagen

Remarks at University of Copenhagen - The Road to Copenhagen: Meeting the Climate Challenge

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

Copenhagen has been in my thoughts every day for the past two years. I have uttered the word itself many thousands of times. So I am delighted to be back in your beautiful city.

And I am honoured by your invitation to speak on the topic of climate change.

This distinguished institution has contributed so much to the history of this country and to the world of science.

Science has provided the foundation for human progress, and it must provide the basis for our actions to combat climate change.

03 October 2009, Copenhagen

Keynote address to the XIII Olympic Congress

[As delivered]

Monsieur le Président du Comité international olympique, Monsieur Jacques Rogge,

Votre Altesse Royale, Monsieur José Ramos Horta, Honorables membres du comité international olympique, Madame la Ministre de la Culture, Madame la Maire de Copenhague, Mesdames et Messieurs.

Je suis très heureux d'être parmi vous aujourd'hui. C'est un réel plaisir pour moi. C''est également un grand honneur. Je me sens chez moi parmi vous.

24 May 2009, Copenhagen

Opening Remarks to the World Business Summit on Climate Change

Your Majesty, Royal Highness, Excellencies, Distinguished guests,

I am delighted to be here. Perhaps more important, I am glad you have chosen to take the time to be here today.

We meet at a critical moment in human history.

Our planet is warming to dangerous levels. In December, the UN Climate Change Conference will meet here in Copenhagen to find solutions to this grave global threat.

As business leaders, you are crucially placed to ensure that government negotiators seal a deal.