Americas

19 October 2019, Washington D.C.

Remarks at Ministerial Meeting of Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am encouraged that this coalition, launched just six months ago, now has 44 members.  Your efforts, under co-chairs Chile and Finland and with the support of the World Bank, are a vital part of our response to the climate emergency.
 
We are at a turning point.
 
Last month’s Climate Action Summit showed that the world is waking up to the crisis.
 
Leaders, businesses and others stepped up in impressive ways.
 
Looking ahead, I see great opportunities:
 

19 October 2019, Washington D.C.

Remarks at the International Monetary and Financial Committee

Excellencies,

We meet in tense and testing times.

A great many people are losing faith in a process of globalization that is leaving them behind – and in institutions and leaders who are meant to deliver.

As we were reminded yet again this week, global growth forecasts continue to drop.

Tensions around global trade and technology continue to rise.   

19 October 2019, Washington D.C.

Remarks to the Small States Forum

Excellencies,
Ministers,
Colleagues,

I welcome this opportunity to address the Small States Forum.

I would like to use the occasion to echo the strong calls made at last month’s Climate Action Summit and Review of the SAMOA Pathway for Small Island Developing States.  

The survival of many small countries, and particularly island states, depends on finding innovative and effective solutions to challenges that threaten their very existence.  

I would like to mention three such challenges and solutions, starting with the climate crisis.

13 September 2019, Nassau

Remarks to the press outside the NEMA Emergency Operations Centre

I want to pay tribute to the government and the people of the Bahamas for their extraordinary response to these tragic events.
 

14 September 2019, Nassau

Opening remarks at press encounter after Secretary-General’s visit to Abaco Island, Bahamas

I just came back from Abaco. I must say was horrified. I've never seen such a level of systematic devastation. Hurricane Dorian has been classified as category five. I think it's category hell. But it was not powered by the devil. We have always had many hurricanes, but now they are more intense, and they are more frequent, and they are powered by climate change. And so it's very important that international community learns two things from the example of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
 

03 July 2019, Castries

Remarks at 40th meeting of CARICOM

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
All protocol observed,
 
It is privilege to be with you in Saint Lucia.
 
I thank the Caribbean Community and the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, Allen Chastanet, and Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque for the invitation to join you.
 
It is no surprise that just the way from the airport to this room with a short stop between the two Pitons was an enchanting experience.
 

20 March 2019, Buenos Aires

Remarks to the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation

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22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at press encounter at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York

As salaam alaikum.
 
I am honoured to be here on this holy day to pay my respects and show my solidarity with the Muslim community from New York to New Zealand and beyond.
 
The horrific terror attack in Christchurch took place exactly one week ago.  Our hearts remain heavy with grief and sympathy for the families of the victims.
 
Over the last few days, we have learned more about those victims and their stories. 
 

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at the 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan

As salaam alaikum.  Thank you very much.
 
I am here on this holy day to express my solidarity and to offer my support to you, to your community and to your families.
 
We are still reeling from last Friday’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.  At the same time, we have come to learn so many inspiring stories about the victims.
 

26 January 2019, New York City

Remarks at Park East Synagogue Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Excellencies,
Dear friends,
 
Rabbi Schneier, thank you for bringing us together. 
 
I am at home with you and I am at home at Park East Synagogue. 
 
I delivered one of my very first speeches as Secretary-General here – and I have been honoured to return.
 
On each occasion, I stressed the need to learn the lessons of the Holocaust – and sounded the alarm about the resurgence of anti-Semitism across our world.