Japan

03 September 2020, Japan

Secretary-General's video remarks to Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable and Resilient Socio-Economic Systems in the Process of Recovery from COVID-19

Prime Minister Abe, Minister Koizumi, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I thank the Government of Japan for convening this meeting to consider how to forge a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Minister Koizumi for his hard work on climate.
 
The decisions being taken now will have consequences for decades.
 
This is why I have been urging governments to incorporate meaningful climate action in all aspects of recovery initiatives.
 
I have proposed six climate-positive actions to recover better.
 

09 August 2020, Nagasaki

Secretary-General's message to Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki

Delivered by Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Under Secretary-General and United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Excellencies,

Brave hibakusha, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a privilege to greet the Peace Memorial Ceremony, commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

This city is a true example of resilience, recovery and reconciliation. Citizens of Nagasaki are not defined by the atomic bombing, but they are dedicated to ensuring such a catastrophe never befalls another city or people. The international community remains grateful for that dedication to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. 

06 August 2020, Hiroshima, Japan

Secretary-General's video message to event hosted by Hiroshima Prefecture: "UN75 IN Hiroshima"

I am pleased to send greetings to this dialogue on “UN75 in Hiroshima”.
 
This year marks seventy-five years since the United Nations was born from the ashes of the Second World War.
 
It also marks three quarters of a century since the atomic incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki heralded the advent of terrible new weapons that pose an existential threat to humanity.
 
Since 1945, one of the United Nations’ top priorities has been the elimination of nuclear weapons.
 

06 August 2020, Hiroshima

Secretary-General's Video Message to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

I am honoured to greet the Peace Memorial Ceremony and to pay tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Seventy-five years ago, a single nuclear weapon visited unspeakable death and destruction upon this city.

The effects linger to this day.

This city and its people, however, have chosen not to be characterized by calamity, but instead by resilience, reconciliation and hope.

As unmatched advocates for nuclear disarmament, the hibakusha have turned their tragedy into a rallying voice for the safety and well-being of all humanity.

29 August 2019, Yokohama

Remarks at TICAD VII session on climate change and disaster risk reduction

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the media at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), taking place in Yokohama, Japan. UN Japan/Ichiro Mae

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to be with you today to discuss the critical issue of reducing the risk of disasters flowing from the impacts of climate change.
 
I can think of no more appropriate place to be discussing this subject than here in Japan, where the Sendai Framework was agreed as a global blueprint for reducing risk and building resilience.
 
Little undermines development like disaster.
 
Decades of sustainable development gains can be wiped out overnight.

29 August 2019, Yokohama

Opening press remarks at the TICAD VII in Yokohama, Japan

We have just finished the thematic session on climate change and disaster risk reduction, but before entering into this area, I’d like to express my deep appreciation to the Japanese Government for its commitment to African development, so well shown in TICAD.
 
And TICAD VII is particularly relevant as its priority on people, innovation and technology is perfectly adapted to the challenges that Africa faces today.
 

29 August 2019, Yokohama

Transcript of Secretary-General's press stakeout at TICAD VII

We have just finished the thematic session on climate change and disaster risk reduction, but before entering into this area, I’d like to express my deep appreciation to the Japanese Government for its commitment to African development, so well shown in TICAD.
 
And TICAD VII is particularly relevant as its priority on people, innovation and technology is perfectly adapted to the challenges that Africa faces today.
 

29 August 2019, Yokohama

Secretary-General's remarks at TICAD VII session on climate change and disaster risk reduction

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to be with you today to discuss the critical issue of reducing the risk of disasters flowing from the impacts of climate change.
 
I can think of no more appropriate place to be discussing this subject than here in Japan, where the Sendai Framework was agreed as a global blueprint for reducing risk and building resilience.
 
Little undermines development like disaster.
 
Decades of sustainable development gains can be wiped out overnight.

28 August 2019, Yokohama

Remarks to Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII)

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
All protocols observed,
 
I am pleased to be with you for this Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which coincides with the beginning of the Reiwa era in Japan, an era of beautiful harmony – by the way, a harmony we need badly all over the world.
 
I thank Japan for its commitment to Africa, as exemplified by TICAD.