Asia Pacific

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

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)

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.

18 May 2019, Port Vila

Opening remarks during joint press encounter with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas

This visit has two main objectives: to express solidarity with the Pacific and the Pacific Island States and express our admiration and gratitude to the people and government of Vanuatu.

17 May 2019, Funafuti

Remarks during joint press encounter with Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sosene Sopoaga

I want to express my very deep solidarity and admiration in relation to the people and the government of Tuvalu.

You are on the frontline of the war on climate change because climate change is striking in Tuvalu in a more dramatic way than anywhere else in the world.

15 May 2019, Suva

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama of Fiji

Thank you, your Excellency Honourable Prime Minister, for your words and especially thank you very much for the extremely warm hospitality I have been enjoying in your wonderful country.
This visit has two dimensions: the Fijian dimension and the Pacific dimension.
In the Fijian dimension it is a visit of gratitude in which I want to express how much we appreciate the extraordinary contribution of the Fijian people and the Fijian Government to all the important areas of action of the United Nations and all the important areas of international cooperation.

15 May 2019, Suva

Address to Fijian Parliament

Your Excellency, Honourable Speaker Mr. Nailatikau, 
Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister Bainimarama,
Distinguished Ministers and Members of Parliament,
I am delighted to be here today.  
It is a great honour to address the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji. 
I was in parliament for 26 years of my life. Six and a half of them as Prime Minister.