United Arab Emirates

27 October 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Secretary-General's video message to the Second Regional Forum of the Pearl Initiative and UN Global Compact

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
A Salam Aleykum,
 
Welcome to this important gathering. 
 
I commend the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development of the United Arab Emirates.
 
The UAE shows fine examples of companies investing in renewable energy.
 
The UN Global Compact is making the Sustainable Development Goals more local for its network of businesses.  
     

18 January 2016, Dubai

Remarks at launch of the High-Level Panel report on Humanitarian Financing

Today we launch a report that is critical to our global mission of leaving no one behind which is a main theme of the Sustainable Development Goals.

I am deeply grateful for the contributions of all the panel members, led by the co-chairs, Her Excellency Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President of the European Union, and His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah of Malaysia.

As this report points out, more than 120 million people live in constant distress, without jobs, food, water, shelter or health care.

18 January 2016, Abu Dhabi

Remarks to the World Future Energy Summit

Sustainable energy is the thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and our efforts to combat climate change.

So I am very happy to be here at the Future Energy Summit, as we celebrate last year’s landmark global agreements on the Sustainable Development Goals and on Climate Change in Paris.

The Paris Agreement is a triumph for people, the planet, and it is a triumph for multilateralism. For the first time, every country in the world pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change.

18 January 2016, Abu Dhabi

Opening remarks at Abu Dhabi Action Day

What a dynamic day!

I am so inspired by the presentations at the World Future Energy Summit this morning.

We saw examples of sustainable solutions around the world. I was especially impressed by the young people, young scientists. For example:

A high school in New Zealand building solar energy panels.

An academy in Korea creating rooftop gardens.

Teenagers in Somalia working on a new biogas system.

One Somali young woman said: “This is where I will put the solar panels – and it is where my future begins.”

17 January 2016, Dubai

Press remarks at the launch of the High-Level Panel Report on Humanitarian Financing

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

Salaam Alaikum.

I am delighted to be back in Dubai. I am also very much pleased to be here with Her Royal Highness Princess Haya [bint Al Hussein]. She is the President [Chairperson] of the International Humanitarian City – thank you for your contribution.

17 January 2016, Abu Dhabi

Remarks at International Renewable Energy Agency Debate

It is a great honour and a pleasure to return to IRENA, and to see so many old friends and colleagues.

IRENA’s time has come. We are living in the age of renewable energy.

I thank you and congratulate you for the vision, dedication and hard work that have helped to bring the world to this point.

Since I was last here in 2012, what enormous changes we have seen.

Everyone involved in energy—governments, the private sector, investors and financial institutions, cities, and people everywhere–has understood that we can no longer burn our way to global prosperity.

09 February 2015, Dubai

Remarks at the opening of the Government Summit

I am delighted to attend this Government Summit 2015.

The United Arab Emirates has shown dynamism in modernizing government while preserving rich traditions.

I also applaud the Emirati Government for helping to advance progress on climate change and renewable energy.

Today I will speak about the pressing security and development challenges in our world. I will discuss how the United Nations is forging a global response. And I will highlight how capable governments – and a strong United Nations – can foster a more peaceful and sustainable future.

05 May 2014, Abu Dhabi

Remarks at closing plenary session of the "Abu Dhabi Ascent"

Secretary-General Ban addresses the "Abu Dhabi Ascent" climate change conference where he called for urgent action, warning, "The longer we delay, the more we will pay." UN Photo/E. Debebe

We have had a busy two days.

They have been informative and inspiring.

I thank you all for engaging.

Now the hard work begins.

In the coming months, I will count on the wisdom and initiative of all actors.

Those who are prepared to lead can expect considerable returns.

The business opportunities of the low-carbon economy are great.

The social and environmental benefits for countries in all regions are yet to be realized.

Now is the time for visionaries and those who are prepared to act to step forward.