Environment, climate change

22 March 2018, General Assembly

Remarks at Launch of International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development" 2018-2028

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) makes remarks during the high-level event to launch the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028”. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

I am pleased to be with you on World Water Day to launch the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.
I commend President Rahmon of Tajikistan for spearheading this effort at the General Assembly.
I recall my trip to Tajikistan last year, when I had the opportunity to see the impact of receding glaciers in the Pamir mountains.
During my visit, I also had the chance to attend the forum on the Sustainable Development Goals.

21 March 2018, UN Headquarters

Remarks at tree-planting ceremony on the occasion of the international day of forests

It is a pleasure to be here to mark this day as part of the Netherlands’ Presidency of the Security Council.

High-level debates in the Security Council may sometimes seem divorced from grassroots issues. Today, we are literally looking at grassroots. I was supposed to get my hands dirty, but circumstances did not allow it, so and that is not a metaphor.

22 September 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Meeting with Pacific Islands Forum Leaders

Thank you very much, Prime Minister Tuilaepa, for convening this annual meeting and for your leadership as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum. I thank Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, for her contribution to creating a strong partnership between our two organizations. And I thank you all for making such long journeys to be here at the UN.
The issues of the Pacific, and the transition from the Oceans conference to COP 23 in Bonn in November, are a high priority for the entire United Nations system.

19 September 2017, General Assembly

Address to the General Assembly

Secretary-General António Guterres presents his annual report on the work of the Organization ahead of the opening of the General Assembly’s seventy-second general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

[Trilingual, as delivered]

I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.

“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.

Our world is in trouble.  People are hurting and angry.  They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. 

The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating.

28 December 2016, Carbondale, Illinois

Remarks at Southern Illinois University, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

Honorable Randy J. Dunn, President of the Southern Illinois University System,
Honorable Brad Colwell, Interim Chancellor of SIU Carbondale,
Mr. Jak Tichenor, Interim Director of the Paul Simon Institute,
Ms. Sheila Simon, former Illinois Lt. Governor and daughter of the late Senator Paul Simon,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for your warm welcome.  I am grateful to Southern Illinois University for inviting me to be here.

26 November 2016, Ashgabat

Opening remarks at press conference in Ashgabat

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Before I begin, allow me to say a few words about the passing of Fidel Castro Ruz, the former President of Cuba.

Allow me to say some words in Spanish and then in English.

En nombre de las Naciones Unidas yo ofrezco mis mas sinceras condolencias al pueblo de Cuba y a la familia del fallecido lider Cubano Fidel Castro Ruz, particularmente al Presidente Raul Castro Ruz. En este momento de duelo nacional ofrezco al pueblo de la Isla el apoyo firme de las Naciones Unidas para continuar trabajando juntos.

03 September 2016, Hangzhou

Remarks at ceremony for the deposit of instruments by China and the United States to join the Paris Agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama at a climate pact ratification ceremony in Hangzhou, China, depositing their legal instruments for formally joining the Paris Agreement. UN Photo/Eskinder

Your Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,
Your Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America,
Distinguished Senior Ministers and Government officials both from China and the United States,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to thank deeply his Excellency the President Xi Jinping for hosting this historic event.

Today, I am honoured to receive the legal instruments for joining the Paris Agreement from China and the United States.

, Hokkaido

Joint Press conference with World Bank President Robert Zoellick after the first day of the G8 Summit Outreach Session

[Unofficial transcript]

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the media. It is a great pleasure to see you.

First I would like to thank Prime Minister [Yasuo] Fukuda for his leadership in hosting this G8 Summit meeting. I am delighted to be with you today in the company of World Bank President, Mr. Robert Zoellick. Our being here together reflects our joint commitment to work together.

As we stand before you today, the world faces three simultaneous crises: a food crisis, a climate crisis, and a development crisis.

21 July 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press encounter at Signing Ceremony of Cooperation Agreement with the Inter-Parliamentary Union

I am very pleased to have signed this cooperation agreement between the IPU and the United Nations.

There was some previous agreement but this is much updated in view of the Sustainable Developments Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This agreement is in line with our future course of implementation process where we expect the United Nations and IPU will closely coordinate as one team.

19 July 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at high-level luncheon of the SDG Business Forum

Prime Minister Solberg ,Co-Chair of the SDG Advocacy Group and Prime Minister of Norway, Excellencies, Distinguished business leaders, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you for this important luncheon on how we can jointly advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

Last year’s global agreements on sustainable development and climate are milestones on the road to a better future. They mark a pivot to a new global conscience – an acceptance that we cannot and will not continue on the current course, and that we must leave no one behind.