Asia Pacific

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.
 

13 May 2019, Christchurch

Remarks during visit with Muslim community in Christchurch

As salam alaikum.
 
I thank this community very much for their welcome – particularly during this holy month of Ramadan. 
 
Every Ramadan I make a visit of solidarity somewhere around the world.  Last year, it was in Mali – the year before that, in Afghanistan. 
 
This year, because of the terrible terrorist attack against your community, I wanted to be here with you.  
 

14 May 2019, Suva

Remarks at the Pacific Islands Forum

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Secretary-General,
Excellencies,
 
Thank you, President Waqa of Nauru, Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, for bringing us together at this critical moment.
 
Thank you also to Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, for strengthening the cooperation between our two organizations.
 
I am delighted to be visiting the Pacific region for the first time as Secretary-General.
 

15 May 2019, Suva

Remarks at the closing of High-Level Political Dialogue of the Pacific Island Forum

Thank you, Mr. President.
 
This has been a very illuminating meeting. I learned a lot. Allow me to extract four main conclusions from everything I heard today.
 

12 May 2019, Auckland

Opening remarks at press encounter with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Thank you very much Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. First of all, happy Mother’s Day. This is a visit of both solidarity and gratitude. Solidarity first of all with the victims of Christchurch, with their families, with the community, with the city but also with the people and the government of New Zealand.