30 November 2015, Paris

Remarks at COP21 Leaders Summit lunch

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses High-level Meeting on Climate Resilience. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Your Excellency François Hollande, President of France,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Hollande for convening this leaders’ summit and for hosting COP21 under very challenging circumstances.

We have heard many speeches today, so I will keep my remarks brief.

Excellencies, my message is simple: The fate of a robust, global climate change agreement rests with you.

30 November 2015, Paris

Speech to COP21 Leaders Summit

Your Excellency Mr. François Hollande, President of France,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Your Excellency Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

You are here today to write the script for a new future.

A future of hope and promise -- of increased prosperity, security and dignity for all.

In September, you adopted an inspiring new sustainable development agenda with ambitious goals endorsed by all.

You showed your commitment to act for the common good.

29 November 2015, Paris

Remarks at “One Heart One Tree” event


Citizens of Paris and the world,

It is an honour to be with you in the heart of Paris.

We are here to celebrate the start of two historic weeks, during which governments will forge a shared, global response to climate change.

Meeting the climate challenge is central to building a more equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet.

Leaders bear responsibility for the success of the negotiations.

But it is all of you – the great forces of civil society -- who have helped get us to this pivotal moment.

26 August 2015, Paris

Opening remarks at a joint press stakeout with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France and Minister of State for the Environment of Peru, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be in France once again.

I have had very productive meetings with President Hollande and Foreign Minister Fabius. We discussed our shared efforts to promote peace and stability in Ukraine, Mali, the Central African Republic, across the Middle East and elsewhere.

We also took stock of climate change negotiations as we edge closer to the crucially important conference that Paris will host in less than 100 days.

26 August 2015, Paris

Remarks to annual meeting of French Ambassadors

Following his speech at the annual meeting of the Conference of French Ambassadors in Paris, Secretary-General Ban receives a standing ovation. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Good morning. It is a great honour for me to address so many ambassadors of France. I am delighted that His Excellency Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, has been able to join us at this important time.

There is a certain perception among foreigners about French people.

You love arts, music, food, wine – and holidays.

In New York, I looked for Ambassador Delattre. He was not there.

I thought he must be enjoying his summer holidays.

Now that I am joining you for this “Semaine des ambassadeurs”, I realize that I have to change my perception of French people.

23 June 2015, Strasbourg

Remarks to the press at joint stakeout with Anne Brasseur, President of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe

In Strasbourg, France, Secretary-General Ban addresses the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Mesdames et Messieurs de media,

Je suis heureux d’être de retour à Strasbourg, au Conseil de l’Europe.

Mme Brasseur et moi-même venons d’avoir des échanges très productifs sur diverses questions.

Nous avons parlé, en particulier, de l’importance que revêt pour la démocratie une société civile robuste et diverse.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

23 June 2015, Strasbourg

Address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Il y a près d’un demi-siècle, U Thant, alors Secrétaire général de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, a pris la parole devant cette assemblée et fait une prédiction.

Le Conseil de l’Europe allait montrer que l’Europe, appelée autrefois l’ancien monde, pouvait jouer un rôle moteur dans le nouveau monde.

Aujourd’hui, l’Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe est un des mécanismes régionaux de défense des droits de l’homme les plus efficaces du monde.