Japan

29 June 2019, Osaka

Press Statement on Climate Change following the Meeting Between the State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China, Foreign Minister of France and the United Nations Secretary-General

State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, met on the margins of the G20 Summit in Osaka. Envisaging the UN Climate Action Summit and the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) to be held this year, they reaffirmed their strong commitment to enhancing international cooperation on climate change to ensure full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

29 June 2019, Osaka

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mrs. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mrs. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
 
The Secretary-General voiced his appreciation for the United Kingdom’s leadership on the issue of climate change, in particular for the country’s announcement that it will achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
 
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed other issues of mutual concern, including Yemen, Sudan, sustainable development and United Nations reform.
 

29 June 2019, Osaka

Secretary-General's remarks at Trilateral Press Conference on Climate Change with Foreign Ministers of China and France

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. One year ago, we were in Buenos Aires and we were preparing for the COP meeting in Katowice, where the rules book of the Paris Agreement was supposed to be approved. At the time, there was a wave of pessimism – it was not clear the international community would be able to come together and approve by consensus the rules book in Katowice. At the time, we decided – China, France, myself – to meet and to create the conditions to work together in order to make sure that Katowice would be a success.

29 June 2019, Osaka

Secretary-General's remarks at Climate Change Trilateral Meeting with Foreign Ministers of China and France

I'd like, first of all, to express my enormous appreciation for what has been, indeed a contribution, of China and France on our way towards effective action, and I recall that, last year, it was not obvious that we would be successful in Katowice, and the meeting that we had in Buenos Aires was instrumental to create that success.
 

28 June 2019, Osaka

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.
 
The Secretary-General thanked President Xi for the leadership shown by China in promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, stressing the United Nations’ support in aligning the Belt and Road Initiative with the 2030 Agenda.
 
The Secretary-General also expressed his appreciate for President Xi’s personal engagement on enhancing climate action ahead of the September summit in New York.
 

28 June 2019, Osaka

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
 
The Secretary-General congratulated Japan on its successful Presidency of the G20 and commended it for promoting global solutions to many challenges, including climate change, rapid technological change and African development.
 
On climate change, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of continued Japanese leadership and reiterated his call on G20 leaders to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
 

28 June 2019, Osaka

Opening remarks at press conference at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan

Good morning, this G20 meeting takes place in a moment of high tension, high political tension. We have global warming, but we have also global political warming, and this can be seen in relation to trade and technology conflicts, it can be seen in relation to situations in several parts of the world, namely the Gulf.
 

27 November 2018, Tokyo, Japan

Secretary-General's message to the High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters Symposium, 27-28 November

I commend the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disaster, as well as my Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, Dr. Han Seung-soo, for convening this important meeting and symposium.
 
Globally, water-related disasters have accounted for almost 90 per cent of the 1,000 most devasting natural disasters since 1990.
 
The damage attributed to water-related disasters is enormous -- 15 to 40 per cent of annual Gross Domestic Product for some countries – countries that are often least resilient to disasters.