Europe

25 February 2019, Geneva

Remarks to the Conference on Disarmament

[Bilingual, as delivered]

Mr. President,
Excellencies, Distinguished delegates
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is indeed a privilege to take the floor here in this Council Chamber, a space that was created to nurture the agreements that make our world a safer place.

The words inscribed outside these doors are as urgent as ever: “Nations must disarm or perish.”

I will be blunt. Key components of the international arms control architecture are collapsing.

13 December 2018, Rimbo

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Swedish Foreign Minister and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths on Intra-Yemeni Consultations

Thank you very much for being here.

We are living the beginning of the end of one of the biggest tragedies of the 21st century -- the conflict in Yemen, the worst humanitarian situation that we face.

We need, first of all, to pay tribute to the courage and determination of the two delegations that were able to overcome many difficulties, many different positions, many obstacles, and to really start a serious process to build a common future.

13 December 2018, Rimbo

Remarks at closing of the Intra-Yemeni Consultations

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear Friends,   
             
I would like to thank Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the Swedish government for hosting this event and for your warm welcome. I would also like to thank my Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and his team for their tireless efforts in this endeavour.  

12 December 2018, Katowice

Remarks at the closing of the High-Level Segment of the Talanoa Dialogue, COP24

Honourable Ministers,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
In my opening statement to this conference one week ago, I told you that this was the most important COP since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.
 
I warned that climate change is running faster than we are and that Katowice must—in no uncertain terms—be a success, as a necessary platform to reverse this trend.
 
To achieve it, I said that ambition and compromises were both needed. Never have the stakes been higher.
 
I left Katowice hopeful, but uncertain.

03 December 2018, Katowice

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Andrzej Duda of Poland

Thank you very much, Mr. President, and allow me first of all to express my deep gratitude for Poland’s hospitality and Katowice’s hospitality in relation to the COP, and your commitment, your personal commitment, for Poland to generously accept to lead once more the COP process.
 
As you said, Mr. President, we cannot afford to fail in Katowice.
 
Climate change is still running faster than what we are. We need to reverse this trend and Katowice is an essential platform for this reversal to take place.
 

04 December 2018, Katowice

Remarks at the E-Mobility event at COP24

Minister Kurtyka,
Minister Morawiecki,
Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen,
 
It is a pleasure to address you at this exciting event.     
 
I want to thank the Government of Poland and in-coming COP president Mr. Kurtyka and the United Kingdom for launching this initiative.
 
This event is exciting because it is a key step towards the sustainability transition that we all know is needed.
 

04 December 2018, Katowice

Remarks on the 2019 Climate Summit

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
We all know the massive scale of the climate challenge we face.
 
And we all know we are not on track.
 
I am pleased to be with you today to talk about the Climate Summit I will host next September in New York to help put us on track.
 
The Summit will focus on delivering three key outcomes: raising real ambition; transformative action in the real economy; and an unprecedented citizen and youth mobilization.
 
First, ambition.
 
Countries need notably to fulfil their pledges.

03 December 2018, Katowice

Remarks at the opening of the COP 24

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the High-Level session of the Climate Change Conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland. UNFCCC Secretariat

Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
                                                                                                                         
Welcome to COP 24. 
 
I thank President Duda, Minister Kowalczyk and COP President Designate Mijal Kurtyka for their warm welcome. 
 
We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change.
 
Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late.
 

11 November 2018, Paris

Address to the Paris Peace Forum

Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the first Paris Peace Forum which commemorated 100 years since the end of the First World War. UNESCO/Luis Abad

[Delivered in French, scroll down for English version]

05 November 2018, Lisbon

Remarks at "Web Summit"

Good evening everybody. What a wonderful crowd!
 
You can’t imagine how excited I am as an engineer to be able to address this wonderful crowd on cutting edge technologies.
 
As Secretary-General of the United Nations, my concern is to make sure the UN is able to support cutting edge technologies to maximize their positive impacts on people and on the planet and at the same time to limit the risks of their misuse.
 
The most fascinating thing about cutting edge technologies is the speed – they move at warp speed.