Asia Pacific

05 November 2019, Bangkok

Opening remarks at press encounter at Bangkok's Centenary Park

I am very pleased to visit this climate mitigation project, which is very symbolic] and especially because it is in the context of an ASEAN Summit that as sustainability as its main issue for discussion. And the biggest threat to sustainability today in the world is climate change.
 

02 November 2019, Bangkok

Opening remarks at press encounter at Bangkok's Centenary Park

I am very pleased to visit this climate mitigation project, which is very symbolic] and especially because it is in the context of an ASEAN Summit that as sustainability as its main issue for discussion. And the biggest threat to sustainability today in the world is climate change.
 

03 November 2019, Bangkok

Remarks at the opening of the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit

Your Excellency, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand,
Excellencies,
 
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the government and people of Thailand for your warm welcome and your leadership as the 2019 Chair of ASEAN. 
 
I thank you for your focus at this Summit on ‘Advancing partnership for sustainability’.  
 
Excellencies,
 
We are facing tense and turbulent times around the globe. 
 

03 November 2019, Bangkok

Opening remarks at press encounter following ASEAN-UN Summit

Ladies and gentlemen of the media thank you very much for your presence.
 
I want first of all to express my gratitude to the government and people Thailand for their extremely warm hospitality.
 
I want to say that I am extremely happy with the UN ASEAN summit that had just finished. Two years ago, I asked for a quantum leap in relations between ASEAN and the UN and we can, today, verify that that a quantum leap happened.
 

29 August 2019, Yokohama

Remarks at TICAD VII session on climate change and disaster risk reduction

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the media at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), taking place in Yokohama, Japan. UN Japan/Ichiro Mae

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to be with you today to discuss the critical issue of reducing the risk of disasters flowing from the impacts of climate change.
 
I can think of no more appropriate place to be discussing this subject than here in Japan, where the Sendai Framework was agreed as a global blueprint for reducing risk and building resilience.
 
Little undermines development like disaster.
 
Decades of sustainable development gains can be wiped out overnight.

29 August 2019, Yokohama

Opening press remarks at the TICAD VII in Yokohama, Japan

We have just finished the thematic session on climate change and disaster risk reduction, but before entering into this area, I’d like to express my deep appreciation to the Japanese Government for its commitment to African development, so well shown in TICAD.
 
And TICAD VII is particularly relevant as its priority on people, innovation and technology is perfectly adapted to the challenges that Africa faces today.
 

28 August 2019, Yokohama

Remarks to Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII)

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
All protocols observed,
 
I am pleased to be with you for this Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which coincides with the beginning of the Reiwa era in Japan, an era of beautiful harmony – by the way, a harmony we need badly all over the world.
 
I thank Japan for its commitment to Africa, as exemplified by TICAD.
 

29 June 2019, Osaka

Remarks at Climate Change Trilateral Meeting with Foreign Ministers of China and France

I'd like, first of all, to express my enormous appreciation for what has been, indeed a contribution, of China and France on our way towards effective action, and I recall that, last year, it was not obvious that we would be successful in Katowice, and the meeting that we had in Buenos Aires was instrumental to create that success.
 

29 June 2019, Osaka

Remarks at Trilateral Press Conference on Climate Change with Foreign Ministers of China and France

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. One year ago, we were in Buenos Aires and we were preparing for the COP meeting in Katowice, where the rules book of the Paris Agreement was supposed to be approved. At the time, there was a wave of pessimism – it was not clear the international community would be able to come together and approve by consensus the rules book in Katowice. At the time, we decided – China, France, myself – to meet and to create the conditions to work together in order to make sure that Katowice would be a success.

18 May 2019, Port Vila

Statement at the end of his visit to the Pacific

Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States. They contribute very little to the global climate emergency and yet, they are the ones that are being most affected. For some of them, climate change is now an existential threat.

The risks are all too real. Entire villages are being relocated, livelihoods are being destroyed, people are getting sick from climate-related diseases, and in Tuvalu I saw an entire country fighting to preserve its very existence.