Europe

02 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland

Remarks to the Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders Dialogue

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed,

I thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to address you at this global High Level Climate Vulnerable Countries Leaders’ Dialogue.

You stand on the frontlines of an ongoing COVID-19 crisis and an escalating climate emergency.

You represent those who are first to suffer and those who are last to receive help.

The solidarity you need is lacking.

The solidarity needs to emerge here in Glasgow.

01 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland

Remarks at the COP26 Leaders’ Event: “Action and Solidarity - The Critical Decade”

I think this title is appropriate: Action and Solidarity - the Critical Decade. Because the most important act of solidarity, namely with the developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change, is to guarantee that we do not go above 1.5 degrees. And to guarantee that we do not go above 1.5 degrees, this decade is essential.

01 November 2021, Glasgow

Remarks to the World Leaders Summit - COP26

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: United Nations

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Dear Prime Minister Johnson, I want to thank you and to thank COP President Alok Sharma for your hospitality, your leadership, and your tireless efforts in the preparation of this COP.

Your Royal Highnesses,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The six years since the Paris Climate Agreement have been the six hottest years on record. 

Our addiction to fossil fuels is pushing humanity to the brink.

We face a stark choice:  Either we stop it — or it stops us. 

29 October 2021, Rome

Opening remarks to the media at the G20 (Rome)

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, Buongiorno. 
 
We are at a pivotal moment for our planet.   
 
On the eve of COP26 in Glasgow, all roads to success go through Rome. 
 
But let’s be clear — there is a serious risk that Glasgow will not deliver. 
 
Several recent climate announcements might leave the impression of a rosier picture.  
 
Unfortunately, this is an illusion.   
 

13 September 2021, Geneva

Remarks to the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan 

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

The people of Afghanistan need a lifeline.

After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they face perhaps their most perilous hour.

Now is the time for the international community to stand with them.

Let us be clear: This conference is not simply about what we will give to the people of Afghanistan. It is about what we owe.

Excellencies,

Even before the dramatic events of the last weeks, Afghans were experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

13 September 2021, Geneva

Opening remarks at press conference on the High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen of the media.

This conference has fully met my expectations in relation to the solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

First of all, because of the massive level of participation, meaning that this is a matter that today mobilizes the interest not only of governments around the world, but of international organizations and civil society.

We have 156 participants, of which 96 are Member States and half of them speaking at the ministerial level.

09 July 2021, Venice

Remarks to Third G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

We are now in the second year of a global pandemic that has killed four million people. Extreme climate events regularly devastate vulnerable communities.

You have come together to determine the course of some of the most pressing issues we face: access to vaccines; extending an economic lifeline to the developing world; and more and better public finance for ambitious climate action.

A global vaccine gap threatens us all because as the virus mutates, it could become even more transmissible, or even more deadly.

25 June 2021, Brussels

Remarks to the Fifth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters 

“BUILDING BACK BETTER TOWARDS A MORE RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE POST-COVID-19 WORLD” 

Your Majesty, Emperor Naruhito, 
Excellencies, 
Distinguished delegates, 

It is a great pleasure to join this Special Session. I thank the Member States, the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan for organizing it.   

24 June 2021, Brussels

Remarks at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament

[Trilingual as delivered]

Dear President Sassoli,  
Distinguished Members of the European Parliament,  
Ladies and gentlemen, 

It is a pleasure to finally be back in Brussels. 

Having myself been a member of the Portuguese Assembly for 17 years, I am particularly honoured to address the European Parliament.   

We live at a time when the strategic partnership between the European Union and the United Nations is more indispensable than ever.  

And on behalf of the United Nations, let me begin with two words:  

24 June 2021, Brussels

Opening remarks at press encounter with Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Secretary-General: Thank you very much for your warm welcome. I think we must be humble when we face such a huge number of existential threats and recognize the fragility of our societies and our planet. Fragility in relation to the pandemic, in relation to climate; Fragility in relation to lawlessness in the cyberspace, in relation to growing inequalities and the lack of trust in many of our societies; Fragility also because of geopolitical divides; Fragility even because of the risks in relation to the proliferation of nuclear weapons that are there again on the table.