Climate Change

10 March 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference on WMO State of the Climate 2019 Report

Thank you, Professor Taalas.

The indications are crystal clear.

Global heating is accelerating.

2019 was the second hottest year on record, with the past decade the hottest in human history.

Greenhouse gas concentrations are at the highest levels in 3 million years – when the Earth’s temperature was as much as 3 degrees hotter and sea levels some 15 metres higher.

Ocean heat is at a record level, with temperatures rising at the equivalent of five Hiroshima bombs a second.

27 February 2020, New York City

Secretary-General António Guterres' remarks at the New School: "Women and Power"

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Dear students, dear friends,

It is a great pleasure to be here today. Thank you for honouring me with this degree and through me, the United Nations and our staff around the world.

The New School is a special place. I am an engineer by training and physics has been the biggest intellectual passion of my life. But I reserve my greatest admiration for artists, philosophers, social scientists and those who explain the world and make it more beautiful.

16 February 2020, Islamabad

Remarks on Sustainable Development and Climate Change

It is for me an enormous pleasure to start with this meeting on climate change my first official visit as Secretary-General to Pakistan. For more than ten years, as High Commissioner for Refugees, I came many times to Pakistan. And in those ten years, I developed a love affair with the Pakistani people and with Pakistan itself.

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks to the media at the African Union Summit

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09 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the 33rd African Union Summit

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04 February 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to journalists on priorities for 2020 and the work of the organization

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
As you know, 2020 marks a milestone for the United Nations – our 75th anniversary.
Too often, governments and international institutions are viewed as places that talk – not as places that listen.
I want the United Nations, in this anniversary, essentially to listen – so we are marking our anniversary based on conversations in every corner of the world about the future we want and the United Nations we need. 
There is no doubt that people have much to say.

03 February 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Group of Friends on Climate

It is indeed a pleasure to be with you today, and thank you for your strong commitment to climate action. 
I welcome this opportunity to meet early in the New Year to discuss what we must do together in the pivotal year ahead.
We have a huge task ahead of us.
The United Nations system, including myself, remain thoroughly committed to helping Member States address the climate emergency and turn threat into opportunity. 

22 January 2020, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on the Secretary-General's priorities for 2020

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) briefs the UN General Assembly on his Priorities for 2020 and the Work of the Organization. UN Photo/Mark Garten

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12 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at COP25 event on Climate Action for Jobs

Dear friends,
We are still losing the climate race.
On our current trajectory we are looking at a 3- to 4-degree temperature rise by the end of the century.
But we can choose another path. 
The path of climate action and well-being for people and planet. 
And this path is about people’s jobs, health, education, opportunities, and their future.
Today, millions of workers are on the front lines of climate impacts.
Many in sectors like tourism and agriculture are losing livelihoods.