19 November 2013, Warsaw

Remarks at press encounter with H.E. Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski, President of Poland

Thank you, Your Excellency President Bronislaw Komorowski,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is always a great pleasure and honour to visit Poland. I thank the President, the Government and the people of Poland for their generous hospitality and warm welcome to our delegation and strong support of the United Nations.

19 November 2013, Warsaw

Remarks to media at UNFCCC Climate Change Conference

If you allow me, before I state my position on climate change, I would like to read out my statement on the recent terrorist bombing in Lebanon near the Iranian embassy. I know this has already been released but since it has been released in my name, I would like to announce it myself.

19 November 2013, Warsaw

Remarks to the Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP19/CMP9) High-level Segment

Ban Ki-moon addresses UN climate change conference in Warsaw, urging negotiators to rise to the challenge and pave the way to a binding climate deal by 2015. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

I am honoured to be here with you today. This is the second time for me in recent years that I attend this COP meeting sponsored, hosted by the Government of Poland.

I thank the Polish Government and people for their hospitality and strong commitment for climate change.

All of us in this room share a momentous responsibility.

Climate change threatens current and future generations.

We need look no further than last week’s catastrophe in the Philippines. I extend my deepest condolences to those affected and families and victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

18 November 2013, Oswiecim

Remarks at Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Dr. Piotr Cywinski, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum,

Mr. Marion Turski, Holocaust survivor and Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, you have my deepest admiration for your courage and perseverance. And you are a leading example how we can let our succeeding generations learn lessons from this horrible past.

I would like to thank at this time, athough he is not here, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, who came from Israel to join me today. He had to leave shortly before us for his schedule.

11 December 2008, Poznan

Opening statement to the High-Level Segment of the UN Climate Change Conference

Thank you Mr. President of the COP,
Minister Nowicki,
President Kaczynski [Poland],
President Jagdeo [Guyana],
Prime Minister Ielemia [Tuvalu],
Prime Minister Reinfeldt [Sweden],
Executive Secretary de Boer [UNFCCC]

Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Most of you have noticed, entering this hall, a sculpture of a 10-foot-high “wave” of
carbon-dioxide emissions, about to engulf the planet.

This is no empty metaphor.