Spain

15 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's statement on the results of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25

I am disappointed with the results of COP25.
 
The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis.
 
We must not give up and I will not give up.
 

I’m more determined than ever to work for 2020 to be the year in which all countries commit to do what science tells us is necessary to reach carbon neutrality in 2050 and a no more than 1.5-degree temperature rise.

12 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at COP25 event on Climate Action for Jobs

Dear friends,
 
We are still losing the climate race.
 
On our current trajectory we are looking at a 3- to 4-degree temperature rise by the end of the century.
 
But we can choose another path. 
 
The path of climate action and well-being for people and planet. 
 
And this path is about people’s jobs, health, education, opportunities, and their future.
 
Today, millions of workers are on the front lines of climate impacts.
 
Many in sectors like tourism and agriculture are losing livelihoods.
 

12 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's remarks at COP25 event on Climate Action for Jobs [as delivered]

Dear friends,
 
We are still losing the climate race.
 
On our current trajectory we are looking at a 3- to 4-degree temperature rise by the end of the century.
 
But we can choose another path. 
 
The path of climate action and well-being for people and planet. 
 
And this path is about people’s jobs, health, education, opportunities, and their future.
 
Today, millions of workers are on the front lines of climate impacts.
 
Many in sectors like tourism and agriculture are losing livelihoods.
 

11 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at COP25 event on Climate Ambition

Madame Chair,

Distinguished Delegates,

Good afternoon,

Tiempo de Actuar, or Time for Action is the theme of this COP. It is a fitting theme on many levels.

The calibre of action shown by Spain, Chile and UN Climate Change to deliver this COP seamlessly in a matter of weeks is truly remarkable.

It is a testament to the urgency of the job before us all. The scientific evidence presented in recent weeks has only heightened this urgency.

The world is getting hotter and more dangerous faster than we ever thought possible.

11 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at High-Level Event on Caring for Climate at COP25

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here in Madrid and for your commitment to climate action.

I thank the UN Global Compact, UNFCCC and UN Environment for convening this annual Caring for Climate High-level Meeting.

This is an important space in particular for business leaders to identify key ways to participate in the race to beat the climate emergency. 

11 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's remarks at COP25 event on Climate Ambition [as delivered]

 

Madame Chair,

Distinguished Delegates,

Good afternoon,

Tiempo de Actuar, or Time for Action is the theme of this COP. It is a fitting theme on many levels.

The calibre of action shown by Spain, Chile and UN Climate Change to deliver this COP seamlessly in a matter of weeks is truly remarkable.

It is a testament to the urgency of the job before us all. The scientific evidence presented in recent weeks has only heightened this urgency.

11 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's remarks at High-Level Event on Caring for Climate at COP25 [as delivered]

 

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here in Madrid and for your commitment to climate action.

I thank the UN Global Compact, UNFCCC and UN Environment for convening this annual Caring for Climate High-level Meeting.

This is an important space in particular for business leaders to identify key ways to participate in the race to beat the climate emergency.