United Arab Emirates

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.

04 May 2014, Abu Dhabi

Opening remarks at press conference at "Abu Dhabi Ascent" meeting

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to thank His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and the Government of the United Arab Emirates for hosting this very important meeting, the Abu Dhabi Ascent, and for their strong leadership and commitment. Particularly, I commend the visionary leadership of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber for leading this meeting.

We are here because change is in the air.

We know that climate change is costing us dearly.

04 May 2014, Abu Dhabi

Remarks at the opening of the Plenary of the "Abu Dhabi Ascent"

I thank the United Arab Emirates for hosting this important meeting and for being pioneers on the journey to a low-carbon future.

It is the future we need and we have to lay the foundations by today.

We have little time to lose.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time.

The effects are already widespread, costly and consequential -- from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the wealthiest.

16 January 2012, Abu Dhabi

Opening remarks to press conference on sustainable energy for all

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be here for the global launch of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

I have come to Abu Dhabi with one simple message.

Sustainable energy for all is both necessary and achievable.

We need to engineer a new energy future, a future that harnesses the power of technology and innovation in the service of people and our planet.

Sustainable Energy for All is good for the economy, good for the environment and good for global equity.

It is the way of the future.

16 January 2012, Abu Dhabi

Remarks to World Future Energy Summit Opening [as delivered]

Energy is central to everything we do – from powering our economies to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, from combating climate change to underpinning global security.

It is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and preserving the environment.

I understand the power of energy first-hand.

It transformed my life, my own life, when I was a young boy in post-war Korea.

A simple light bulb illuminated a whole new world of opportunity for me, enabling me to study day and night.

15 January 2012, Abu Dhabi

Remarks to International Renewable Energy Agency Assembly

I am pleased to be with you for this Assembly at the beginning of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

Abu Dhabi, home to IRENA and host of the World Future Energy Summit, is providing commendable leadership on this core issue of sustainable development.

The rapid growth in IRENA's membership since its founding just three years ago is clear evidence that countries want a clean energy future.

IRENA members recognize that renewable energy can boost competitiveness and growth while combating climate change.