Europe

02 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at opening ceremony of UN Climate Change Conference COP25

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs journalists at a pre-COP25 UN climate change conference in Madrid. UNFCCC

Excellencies,
Honourable guests,
Delegates,
All protocol observed,
 
Quiero agradecer a los gobiernos de Chile y de España por haber trabajado juntos en un espíritu de multilateralismo inclusivo para tornar a esta COP25 posible y felicitarlos por la impecable organización conseguida en un tan corto espacio de tiempo. Felicitaciones y muchas gracias.
 
Such solidarity and flexibility are what we need in the race to beat the climate emergency.
 

02 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks to Roundtable with Heads of State & Government at COP25

You are all presidents, prime ministers, ministers, political leaders. I am no longer a politician but there was a time in which I was Prime Minister of my country and I remember that at the time - 20 years ago - we approved legislation that forced the grid, the electrical grid, to buy all renewable energy produced at a, at the time, subsidized price. That was probably one of the reasons why Portugal today has a very high percentage of renewable energy in its energy needs.

26 November 2019, Berlin

Remarks to the media during joint stakeout with Chancellor Angela Merkel

It is always a pleasure to be here in Germany, a steadfast supporter of the United Nations, a pillar of multilateralism, and currently, a very strong voice on the Security Council.

I am looking forward to my talks with Chancellor Merkel, focusing on some of the situations on the Security Council agenda, and particularly including Syria and Libya.

26 November 2019, Berlin

Remarks to the Internet Governance Forum

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the 14th UN Internet Governance Forum, taking place this year in Berlin, Germany. UN Photo/Tobias Hofsaess

Dear chancellor Angela Merkel,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,

I am extremely pleased to be with you today.

And I am honoured to be sharing the stage with Chancellor Merkel.

I am also privileged to share with her a unique background: we were both first trained in the sciences, she as a physicist and a chemist, and I as an electrical engineer.

Then we both lost our way and ended up as politicians!

As public servants, we are entrusted with helping to address the most pressing issues of the day.

11 November 2019, Paris

Remarks at the Paris Peace Forum

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12 November 2019, Paris

Remarks at UNESCO Headquarters

Madame la Directrice générale,
Madame la Présidente,
Excellences,
Mesdames et Messieurs les représentants de la société civile,
Mesdames et Messieurs les agents de l’UNESCO,
 
C’est toujours un plaisir de venir au siège de l’UNESCO, une organisation dont les travaux me tiennent particulièrement à cœur.
 
Alors que s’ouvre votre Conférence Générale, je me réjouis de l’opportunité de partager avec vous quelques réflexions sur les défis collectifs qui nous attendent. 
 

31 October 2019, Istanbul

Remarks to the 6th Istanbul Mediation Conference

Minister Çavuşoğlu,
Ministers, Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen
 
It is a great pleasure to join you for the 6th Istanbul Mediation Conference. This is an important opportunity to consider how we approach mediation, one of our most important tools to reduce and end conflict.
 
As the tragedy in Syria grinds on for an eighth year, with civilians paying the hightest price, there could be no clearer illustration of the importance of political solutions to conflict. 

10 October 2019, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at press conference on climate change at C40 World Mayors Summit

Thank you, dear Special Envoy [for Climate Action] Mike Bloomberg, for your introduction, but especially for your leadership in climate action. 
 
This is my first international visit since the Climate Action Summit in New York – and it is fitting that it is here in Denmark. 
 
Copenhagen is a global climate action leader.
 
And the C40 is where the world’s mayors are showing they are at the forefront of tackling the climate emergency.
 

10 October 2019, Copenhagen

Opening remarks at press stakeout with Prime Minister of Denmark

It is a pleasure to be visiting Denmark, a very good friend of the United Nations and a strong supporter of international cooperation.
 
The Prime Minister and I had productive discussions on a wide range of challenges, but of course the climate crisis was high on the agenda.
 
I had the occasion to thank Denmark for hosting today’s gathering of mayors from 70 of the world’s leading cities, known as C40, an important follow-up o the Climate Action Summit that was convened in New York just two weeks ago. 
 

11 October 2019, Copenhagen

Remarks at C40 World Mayors Summit

Dear friends, allow me to start by confessing my original sin.
 
I have almost 30 years of political engagement in my own country and I never became a mayor.