Climate Change

17 May 2019, Funafuti

Remarks during joint press encounter with Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sosene Sopoaga

I want to express my very deep solidarity and admiration in relation to the people and the government of Tuvalu.

You are on the frontline of the war on climate change because climate change is striking in Tuvalu in a more dramatic way than anywhere else in the world.

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15 May 2019, Suva

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama of Fiji

Thank you, your Excellency Honourable Prime Minister, for your words and especially thank you very much for the extremely warm hospitality I have been enjoying in your wonderful country.
This visit has two dimensions: the Fijian dimension and the Pacific dimension.
In the Fijian dimension it is a visit of gratitude in which I want to express how much we appreciate the extraordinary contribution of the Fijian people and the Fijian Government to all the important areas of action of the United Nations and all the important areas of international cooperation.

15 May 2019, Suva

Address to Fijian Parliament

Your Excellency, Honourable Speaker Mr. Nailatikau, 
Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister Bainimarama,
Distinguished Ministers and Members of Parliament,
I am delighted to be here today.  
It is a great honour to address the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji. 
I was in parliament for 26 years of my life. Six and a half of them as Prime Minister.

14 May 2019, Suva

Remarks at the Pacific Islands Forum

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Thank you, President Waqa of Nauru, Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, for bringing us together at this critical moment.
Thank you also to Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, for strengthening the cooperation between our two organizations.
I am delighted to be visiting the Pacific region for the first time as Secretary-General.

15 May 2019, Suva

Remarks at the closing of High-Level Political Dialogue of the Pacific Island Forum

Thank you, Mr. President.
This has been a very illuminating meeting. I learned a lot. Allow me to extract four main conclusions from everything I heard today.

12 May 2019, Auckland

Opening remarks at press encounter with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Thank you very much Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. First of all, happy Mother’s Day. This is a visit of both solidarity and gratitude. Solidarity first of all with the victims of Christchurch, with their families, with the community, with the city but also with the people and the government of New Zealand.

13 May 2019, Auckland

Opening remarks at press encounter with James Shaw, New Zealand Minister for Climate Change

Today I had the opportunity to meet with New Zealand youth that are really in the front line of climate action. They very clearly recognise that we face a climate emergency and that we need to reverse the present trend which climate change is running faster than what we are. 

06 May 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission

This summit is a demonstration that the partnership between the African Union and the UN is an absolutely central, strategic partnership for the United Nations. We consider that our work, in peace and security, in human rights, in development, in relation to climate change - our work can only succeed in the world if it succeeds in Africa. We believe that our work can only succeed in Africa if we work hand in hand together with the African Union.