01 December 2018, Buenos Aires

Remarks to G20 session on Climate and Sustainable Development


We are already in big trouble in relation to climate change. We are headed for a world of uncertainty due to climate disruption. Every new scientific report confirms that climate change is the greatest threat to human security and sustainable development and that climate change is still running faster than we are.

30 November 2018, Buenos Aires

Remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China

I want to express my very deep gratitude and appreciation to China and France for their engagement and for their common commitments in relation to climate action in a particularly important moment that we are living together. Let me be very clear: we face a true emergency. Climate change is running faster than we are. We are facing dramatic consequences for the lives of many people around the world, especially in the most vulnerable situations, and very tragic perspectives for the end of the century if we are not able to increase our commitment and our ambition.

30 November 2018, Buenos Aires

Remarks at Putting People First session of G20 Summit

To put people first was my slogan when I ran for Prime Minister of Portugal more than two decades ago, but it was also the slogan of my opponent, and in these two decades I’ve seen this slogan everywhere, every time. The problem is that for a number of people in our societies, they do not feel they’re being put first but they feel they’re being considered last.

13 November 2018, Washington DC

Remarks at the 2018 Templeton Prize Ceremony

Your Majesty [King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein],
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
There are many things a Secretary-General does because he is forced to do so; they come with the job, but, fortunately, there are some that I can do with real joy and enthusiasm. And one of them is to be here, this evening, in this wonderful cathedral, and to pay tribute to King Abdullah - the outstanding statesman, the messenger for peace, and, if Your Majesty allows me to say so, a very dear friend.

31 October 2018, New York

Remarks at Interfaith Gathering: “United Against Hate”

Dear friends, all protocol observed,
I am here to express horror and solidarity. Horror in relation to the most abject act of anti-Semitism that has happened in the history of the United [States]. Something that makes us feel totally horrified but solidarity - solidarity with the victims, solidarity with the family, solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and worldwide, and solidarity also with the people of Pittsburgh and the people of the United States of America who overwhelmingly reject this horrendous act.

23 September 2018, New York

Remarks at Launch of the Famine Action Mechanism

We are today here all together because we are committed to a world without hunger. 

This very basic goal should be within our grasp. With today’s advanced technology and knowledge of agriculture, we can surely uphold everyone’s fundamental right to food.  

16 July 2018, San Jose

Remarks at Inter-American Court of Human Rights

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09 June 2018, La Malbaie

Comments of the UN Secretary-General to the 44th G7 Summit

I welcome your decision to bring a focus on oceans.
The facts are clear.  Our oceans are a mess.
Some 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans each year.  Unless we change course, it could outweigh all the fish in the oceans by 2050.
Plastic waste is now found in the most remote areas of the planet.  It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism.
One mass of plastic in the Pacific is now bigger than France.

23 March 2018, New York

Remarks to Turtle Bay Security Roundtable: Managing the Frontiers of Technology

I thank Ambassador Bessho and the Permanent Mission of Japan for inviting me today and for hosting this gathering of experts on an important and fast-moving set of issues.

We live in an era of unprecedented technological advances – one that many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with tectonic social and economic shifts. These have implications for all aspects of modern life, including how we work and the overall security environment.  It is clear that what we once considered frontier issues have moved rapidly to the front door.