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29 November 2021, London, United Kingdom

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the 120th Annual Lecture at the Royal African Society: “Africa in a just transition: Investing in a sustainable recovery” [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies, distinguished guests, Dear friends, Faculty.

It is a real pleasure to be here with you today to commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the Royal African Society.  I am grateful to my sister Arunma Oteh the Chair and Nicholas Westcott the Director of the Royal African Society for this gracious invite and the work to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa.  

13 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland

Statement on the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26

Let me begin by thanking our hosts —the UK government and the people of Glasgow — for their tremendous hospitality.

I salute Alok Sharma and his team.  This was an extremely challenging conference. They have shown remarkable expertise in reaching consensus among parties.
 
I am grateful to Patricia Espinosa and all my colleagues of the United Nations Climate Change team.

And I express my gratitude to all delegates — and all those on the outside who have put pressure on this COP to deliver.

13 November 2021, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Secretary-General's statement on the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26

Let me begin by thanking our hosts —the UK government and the people of Glasgow — for their tremendous hospitality.

I salute Alok Sharma and his team.  This was an extremely challenging conference. They have shown remarkable expertise in reaching consensus among parties.
 
I am grateful to Patricia Espinosa and all my colleagues of the United Nations Climate Change team.

And I express my gratitude to all delegates — and all those on the outside who have put pressure on this COP to deliver.

11 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland

Remarks to Global Climate Action High-Level Event

Colleagues, friends,

This event – perhaps like no other at COP 26 – underscores a core truth:  

The climate action struggle requires all hands on deck.  

It is everyone’s responsibility.  

And you are showing the way.

11 November 2021, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Secretary-General's remarks to Global Climate Action High-Level Event - as delivered

Colleagues, friends,

This event – perhaps like no other at COP 26 – underscores a core truth:  

The climate action struggle requires all hands on deck.  

It is everyone’s responsibility.  

And you are showing the way.

10 November 2021, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Secretary-General's video message for the Caring for Climate High-Level Meeting

I thank the United Nations Global Compact, UNFCCC and the UN Environment Programme for again convening this high-level meeting.

Two years ago, 28 companies committed to net-zero through the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees campaign. 

Today, this campaign has grown into a movement.

Companies everywhere are recognising that sustainable business is good business; that decarbonizing operations and supply chains is not just the right thing, but the smart thing to do.

Consumers expect it.  Employees demand it.  And our future depends on it.

03 November 2021, Glasgow, UK

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to COP26 side event, "Ambition from the Frontlines: Recognizing Champions with the Climate Promise”

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,

I am pleased to address this event recognizing champions with UNDP’s Climate Promise.

I am proud that the United Nations system is supporting these countries to increase their climate ambition.

The stakes could not be higher.

The climate alarm rings louder than ever. The recent storms, droughts, forest fires and floods are a glimpse into our future, if we don’t act now.

For many countries, the 1.5 degree goal is a matter of survival.

We must keep it within reach.

04 November 2021, London

Readout of the Secretary-General’s phone call with Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Sudan

The Secretary-General had a phone call today with Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Sudan. 
 
He encouraged the developments of all efforts toward resolving the political crisis in Sudan and urgently restoring the constitutional order and Sudan’s transitional process. 
 
The Secretary-General reiterated his call for the release of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other civilians arbitrarily detained in Sudan.