Poland

03 December 2018, Katowice

Transcript of Secretary-General’s joint press conference with Mr. Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

Thank you very much, Mr. President, and allow me first of all to express my deep gratitude for Poland’s hospitality and Katowice’s hospitality in relation to the COP, and your commitment, your personal commitment, for Poland to generously accept to lead once more the COP process.
 
As you said, Mr. President, we cannot afford to fail in Katowice.
 
Climate change is still running faster than what we are. We need to reverse this trend and Katowice is an essential platform for this reversal to take place.
 

03 December 2018, Katowice

Remarks at the opening of the COP 24

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the High-Level session of the Climate Change Conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland. UNFCCC Secretariat

Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
                                                                                                                         
Welcome to COP 24. 
 
I thank President Duda, Minister Kowalczyk and COP President Designate Mijal Kurtyka for their warm welcome. 
 
We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change.
 
Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late.
 

03 December 2018, Katowice, Poland

Secretary-General's remarks at the opening of the COP 24

Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
                                                                                                                         
Welcome to COP 24. 
 
I thank President Duda, Minister Kowalczyk and COP President Designate Mijal Kurtyka for their warm welcome. 
 
We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change.
 
Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late.
 

16 December 2016, Warsaw, Poland

Secretary-General's message to the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy

I am pleased to send warm greetings all participants at the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy.  I thank you for coming together to discuss challenges that have never been more acute than they are today.
 
In too many places, democracy is under assault.  Authoritarian rule has deepened.  Civil society and media face increasing restrictions.
 
At the same time, we face violent extremism, unacceptable gaps between rich and poor, and the highest levels of displacement of people since the Second World War.
 

07 May 2015, Gdansk

Remarks at the High-level Panel on the commemoration of the end of World War II

I am grateful for the opportunity to join all of you in this beautiful and historic city of Gdansk to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

The various commemoration ceremonies taking place throughout Europe and beyond remind us of the tremendous shared sacrifice and the huge price of victory over fascism, paid through countless lost lives and devastating destruction.

It is also a searing reminder of the need to intensify our joint work to prevent such horrors.

21 November 2013, Warsaw

Remarks at Cities and Sub-national Dialogue

I commend the COP Presidency for convening this important meeting.

Many of you in this room are working on the frontlines of climate change.

We are all familiar with the challenges.

Our shared responsibility is to turn them into opportunities.

By transforming how we plan our cities, build our homes and move our goods, we can usher in a low-carbon future that benefits people and the planet.

By building climate resilience into agriculture, we can advance food security while reducing greenhouse emissions.

20 November 2013, Warsaw

Opening remarks at the press encounter with H.E. Mr. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland

Thank you for this very kind generosity and support to the United Nations.

I’d like to thank the Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, for convening and opening this COP19 conference yesterday and I sincerely hope that under his leadership this COP 19 will bring a very concrete result, and become a very important stepping stone until 2015 when we expect and when we hope that a global, legal agreement will be signed by that time.

20 November 2013, Warsaw

Remarks at COP19 Momentum for Change event

I am pleased to join you at this important event, and I thank the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for organizing this.

Every day, we see evidence that our climate is changing and the impacts are accelerating.

The science is clear, and human activities are the principal cause.

Ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising and the oceans are becoming more acidic.

Extreme weather events are more frequent and severe.

20 November 2013, Warsaw

Remarks at Ministerial Meeting on Climate Finance

Thank you for coming together at this key meeting in Warsaw on one of the key aspects of the climate challenge: that is money.

Climate finance is essential for addressing climate change.

And addressing climate change is essential for sustainable development.

In two years time, Parties to the Climate Convention have agreed to complete an ambitious global climate agreement.

Progress on climate finance is crucial for fuelling confidence in the negotiations.

It is also critical to scaling up action on the ground.