Climate Change

21 February 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at IPU-UN Parliamentary Hearing: "Emerging Challenges to Multilateralism: A Parliamentary Response"

I am very pleased to join you.
I attach great importance to the close ties between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and to the key role played by parliamentarians.
As a former parliamentarian, I have felt the heavy responsibility of representing people and trying to advance their aspirations.
Over the span of a quarter-century, I was elected to Parliament seven times, serving as Prime Minister for six-and-a-half years, in an essentially parliamentarian regime.

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18 January 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at first press conference of 2019

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.

Good afternoon everyone and let me say again – happy new year.

As you know, on Wednesday I briefed the General Assembly on the challenges of 2019 – and recounted some of our progress in 2018 on many fronts, and in many cases against the odds. 

I wanted to begin today with an observation about the discussion with Member States that followed. 

The word I heard most from country after country was: “multilateralism”.

17 January 2019, General Assembly

Remarks to Informal Session of the General Assembly

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the United Nations General Assembly on his priorities for 2019. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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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.

01 December 2018, Buenos Aires

Remarks to G20 session on Climate and Sustainable Development


We are already in big trouble in relation to climate change. We are headed for a world of uncertainty due to climate disruption. Every new scientific report confirms that climate change is the greatest threat to human security and sustainable development and that climate change is still running faster than we are.

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.