Americas

05 May 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Climate Action 2016

It is a great pleasure to be with you today.

Just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Never before have so many countries signed an international agreement in one day.

It is clear that the Paris Agreement enjoys overwhelming support from all regions.

Large emerging economies, high and middle income countries, and nations at all stages of development are saying they want a low-carbon future that can limit global temperature rise and underpin sustainable development.

02 May 2016, New York

Remarks at Tribeca Film Festival Reception for screening of "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2"

It is a pleasure to join you tonight.

I am a big fan of action movies. James Bond. Mission Impossible. Ocean’s 11 -- or is it now Ocean’s 15?! When I am not dealing with global crises, I watch others deal with danger and try to pick up a few ideas!

I have seen a lot of kung fu movies over the years. But Crouching Tiger was a sensation. I look forward to getting a chance to see the sequel.

I congratulate Michelle Yeoh on her appearance.

I also thank her for her outstanding work in the United Nations campaign for road safety.

16 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the 93rd meeting of the Development Committee

I am deeply honoured to once again have the opportunity to address the Development Committee. Last year, we focused together on the importance of ensuring the successful passage of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Thanks in large measure to your support, world leaders adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the 2030 Agenda -- with seventeen integrated and comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

16 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Global Infrastructure Forum

This Global Infrastructure Forum is one of the major deliverables of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held last year in Addis Ababa.

Taken together, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda are international commitments to transform the global economy, expand opportunities, and leave a healthier planet for future generations.

If we are to achieve our goals, and leave no one behind, we must address large infrastructure gaps in developing countries.

16 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the Least Developed Countries

Five years ago, the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries adopted the Istanbul Declaration and the Istanbul Programme of Action.

The upcoming midterm review offers the opportunity to assess progress and forge the path forward.

This year will also see the 18th replenishment of the International Development Association, as well as the start of the United Nations Decade for Action on Nutrition. And, of course, this is the first year of implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

15 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Event Hounouring the UN-World Bank Partnership

Thank you for your warm welcome. Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for that extremely moving video.

As you have seen and heard, President Kim and I have launched many firsts.

We are the first United Nations Secretary-General and World Bank President to undertake joint visits around the world.

The first UN Secretary-General and World Bank President to appear together on stage at a rock concert!

And, President Kim, I believe you may be the first World Bank President to have ever worn a United Nations baseball cap!

15 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the Inaugural Meeting of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

I thank President Jim Kim for inviting me to the Inaugural Assembly Meeting of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

I commend all of you for your strong leadership on this issue.

Climate impacts threaten to roll back decades of development and prosperity.

Last December, more than 150 world leaders gathered in Paris and agreed on the urgent need to address the climate challenge head on.

The spirit of Paris lives on.

15 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks on Forced Displacement: A Global Challenge

Thank you. I am extremely pleased to be among such a distinguished group and to be focussing on a topic that is tied to so many challenges in our world today.

We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time.

Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers – it is also a crisis of solidarity.

Last month, President Kim and I visited the Middle East region, including Jordan and Lebanon. We saw thousands of refugees. We heard their stories. I was deeply moved especially by the dreams and resolve of the young people.

12 April 2016, Connecticut

Remarks to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Strategies

It is a great pleasure to be here again at Yale, and to take part in this United Nations Global Colloquium. I am inspired to be among some of the most distinguished academics in the world, and to connect your groundbreaking research with the global diplomacy of the United Nations.

I was energized and inspired by our previous meetings which covered maternal health, empowering young people, and harnessing new technologies to meet global challenges.

06 April 2016, Los Angeles

Remarks upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Loyola Marymount University

Thank you so much for your warm welcome.

It is a pleasure to be here at Loyola Marymount University. I would like to express my great appreciation for this honorary degree. I know you are recognizing not just me, but also the United Nations. Thank you for this vote of support for our efforts to advance peace, development and human rights across the world.

I thank my good friend Professor Tom Plate for his kind introduction. My connection with LMU starts with him.