Climate Change

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.

11 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at COP25 event on Climate Ambition

Madame Chair,

Distinguished Delegates,

Good afternoon,

Tiempo de Actuar, or Time for Action is the theme of this COP. It is a fitting theme on many levels.

The calibre of action shown by Spain, Chile and UN Climate Change to deliver this COP seamlessly in a matter of weeks is truly remarkable.

It is a testament to the urgency of the job before us all. The scientific evidence presented in recent weeks has only heightened this urgency.

The world is getting hotter and more dangerous faster than we ever thought possible.

11 December 2019, Madrid

Remarks at High-Level Event on Caring for Climate at COP25


Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here in Madrid and for your commitment to climate action.

I thank the UN Global Compact, UNFCCC and UN Environment for convening this annual Caring for Climate High-level Meeting.

This is an important space in particular for business leaders to identify key ways to participate in the race to beat the climate emergency.