Environment, climate change

23 September 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at virtual meeting with Pacific Islands Forum Leaders

Dear Prime Minister,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for the opportunity to once again address the Pacific Islands Forum.

Your nations are confronting a dual crisis of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both threaten Pacific lives and livelihoods.

If we follow the current path, the consequences of climate disruption for the prosperity, the well-being and the very survival of Pacific communities will be severe.

I witnessed the impacts first-hand during my visit two years ago.

24 September 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks to High-level Dialogue on Energy

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Excellencies, Friends,

Welcome to the High-Level Dialogue on Energy.

This event is long overdue.

It has been 40 years since we last discussed energy at the highest level.

Today, we face a moment of truth.

Close to 760 million people still lack access to electricity.

Some 2.6 billion people lack access to clean cooking solutions.

And how we produce and use energy is the main cause of the climate crisis.

06 May 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks at 2021 Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Excellencies, Dear friends,  
I want to thank Chancellor Merkel and the German government for convening this year’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue with the United Kingdom, president of this year’s UN climate conference.  
I strongly congratulate Germany for aiming to achieve carbon neutrality in 2045 and increase its 2030 target to cut its emissions by 65 per cent compared to 1990 levels. 

16 April 2021, UN Headquarters

Remarks to Meeting with Leading Mayors Supported by C40 Cities: “Advancing a Carbon-Neutral, Resilient Recovery for Cities and Nations”

Dear Mayors, dear Governors, dear friends,

Thank you for joining me today, and for your commitment and leadership.

Cities are in my blood. I was born and raised in Lisbon, and throughout my political career, I was active on the municipal council in the city of Fundão, which I led for a few years.

“All politics is local,” as the saying goes. Mayors have enormous influence in the politics of their countries. You are a positive and growing force on the global stage.

Welcome to the United Nations.

18 February 2021, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference with UNEP's Inger Andersen at launch of "Making Peace with Nature" report

Good day to everybody, everywhere.

I am pleased to join the launch of this important report from the United Nations Environment Programme on Making Peace with Nature.

I want to be clear.  Without nature’s help, we will not thrive or even survive.

For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature.

The result is three interlinked environmental crises.

Climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that threaten our viability as a species.

They are caused by unsustainable production and consumption.

08 December 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-level Pledging Conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund

I am pleased to join you in support of the Central Emergency Response Fund.

The CERF is unique. It is quick. It is non-bureaucratic, and it is sometimes the only source of funds for a true emergency response, because other funding may be too late to be effective.

CERF is the instrument that enables us to act in forgotten crises that do not attract donor funding. And it is an important tool to bring the entire United Nations system together. 

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