Spain

01 December 2019, Madrid

Opening remarks at pre-COP25 press conference

Muy buenas tardes.

Good afternoon.

For many decades the human species has been at war with the planet. And the planet is fighting back.

The World Meteorological Organization is releasing its State of the Climate report at this conference.

And its findings are clear.

The last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

Sea levels are the highest in human history.

Ice caps are melting at unprecedented speed and the oceans are becoming more acidic with all its consequences.

Biodiversity on land and sea is under severe attack.

02 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at Climate Vulnerable Forum at COP25

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

02 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at opening ceremony of UN Climate Change Conference COP25

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs journalists at a pre-COP25 UN climate change conference in Madrid. UNFCCC

Excellencies,
Honourable guests,
Delegates,
All protocol observed,
 
Quiero agradecer a los gobiernos de Chile y de España por haber trabajado juntos en un espíritu de multilateralismo inclusivo para tornar a esta COP25 posible y felicitarlos por la impecable organización conseguida en un tan corto espacio de tiempo. Felicitaciones y muchas gracias.
 
Such solidarity and flexibility are what we need in the race to beat the climate emergency.
 

02 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks to Roundtable with Heads of State & Government at COP25

You are all presidents, prime ministers, ministers, political leaders. I am no longer a politician but there was a time in which I was Prime Minister of my country and I remember that at the time - 20 years ago - we approved legislation that forced the grid, the electrical grid, to buy all renewable energy produced at a, at the time, subsidized price. That was probably one of the reasons why Portugal today has a very high percentage of renewable energy in its energy needs.

02 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General’s remarks at Joint Press Conference with President Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain [in Spanish and English]

Yo quiero expresar mi profunda gratitud a España por la admirable hospitalidad que nos proporciona en esta cumbre. Y felicitar al gobierno español por el éxito extraordinario de una organización en tiempo récord de una cumbre de forma absolutamente impecable.

02 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's remarks to Roundtable with Heads of State & Government at COP25

You are all presidents, prime ministers, ministers, political leaders. I am no longer a politician but there was a time in which I was Prime Minister of my country and I remember that at the time - 20 years ago - we approved legislation that forced the grid, the electrical grid, to buy all renewable energy produced at a, at the time, subsidized price. That was probably one of the reasons why Portugal today has a very high percentage of renewable energy in its energy needs.

02 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's remarks at Climate Vulnerable Forum at COP25 [as delivered]

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

01 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General appoints Mark Joseph Carney of Canada - Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance

On 1 December 2019, in Madrid, Spain, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Mr. Mark Joseph Carney, OC, of Canada as his Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance.

01 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

UN Secretary-General's remarks at pre-COP25 press conference [as delivered]

Muy buenas tardes.

Good afternoon.

For many decades the human species has been at war with the planet. And the planet is fighting back.

The World Meteorological Organization is releasing its State of the Climate report at this conference.

And its findings are clear.

The last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

Sea levels are the highest in human history.

Ice caps are melting at unprecedented speed and the oceans are becoming more acidic with all its consequences.

Biodiversity on land and sea is under severe attack.

21 November 2019, Madrid, Spain

Secretary-General's video message to United Nations Innovation Toolkit Launch Event

Without innovation, we cannot meet the challenges of our time.
 
In that spirit, I am pleased to greet the launch of the United Nations Innovation Toolkit.  I thank Spain and the UN System Staff College for hosting this event.  
 
I welcome this crucial initiative.
 
But willingness to change must be permanent.
 
We must learn not only new things, but how to learn.
 
We need to share ideas, push boundaries and move faster.
 
And we must harness the opportunities brought by digital technologies.