Environment, climate change

18 May 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Korea Society

I am honoured to address the Korea Society in my final year as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

I am a proud past recipient of the Society’s Van Fleet Award, which I received in 2004, when I was the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

I congratulate tonight’s winner, the Honorable Kwon Ohjoon, the Chairman of Posco, one of Korea’s leading manufacturing companies.

I have had the privilege of addressing the Korea Society on many occasions through the years.

08 May 2016, Victoria

Address to the National Assembly of the Seychelles

It is a great honour to address this National Assembly on the first visit by a United Nations Secretary-General to Seychelles.

Mersi boukou pou sa lenvitasyion tre salere. [Thank you very much for your kind invitation.]

I am particularly proud to be here as you celebrate your fortieth anniversary as a sovereign nation, and as a Member State of the United Nations.

The United Nations stood together with you during the turbulent first years of your nationhood. You have amply repaid that support over the last forty years.

07 May 2016, Victoria

Remarks to the press with the President James Alix Michel of Seychelles

Thank you very much for your kind hospitality and welcome. I am very much touched by your hospitality and warm welcome

I only arrived in the Seychelles this afternoon, but it has already been a productive visit. I thank the Government and people of the Seychelles for the hospitality shown to me and to my delegation.

05 May 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks at Climate Action 2016

It is a great pleasure to be with you today.

Just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Never before have so many countries signed an international agreement in one day.

It is clear that the Paris Agreement enjoys overwhelming support from all regions.

Large emerging economies, high and middle income countries, and nations at all stages of development are saying they want a low-carbon future that can limit global temperature rise and underpin sustainable development.

02 May 2016, New York

Remarks at Tribeca Film Festival Reception for screening of "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2"

It is a pleasure to join you tonight.

I am a big fan of action movies. James Bond. Mission Impossible. Ocean’s 11 -- or is it now Ocean’s 15?! When I am not dealing with global crises, I watch others deal with danger and try to pick up a few ideas!

I have seen a lot of kung fu movies over the years. But Crouching Tiger was a sensation. I look forward to getting a chance to see the sequel.

I congratulate Michelle Yeoh on her appearance.

I also thank her for her outstanding work in the United Nations campaign for road safety.

02 May 2016, Economic and Social Council

Remarks to Economic and Social Council Integration Segment

Your Excellency Mr. Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia,
Your Excellency Mr. Sven Jurgenson, Vice-President of ECOSOC,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to take part in the 2016 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council.

This is the first such gathering since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year. It also follows other landmark conferences and agreements on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, and climate change.

28 April 2016, Vienna

Address to the Parliament of Austria

Es ist mir eine große Ehre, als erster internationaler Gast eine Ansprache in diesem Parlament halten zu dürfen. [I am deeply honoured to be the first international dignitary to address this Parliament.]

Ich danke Ihnen für Österreichs wichtigen Beitrag zur Arbeit der Vereinten Nationen und dafür, dass Sie ein so großzügiges Gastland sind! [I thank you for Austria’s significant contribution to the United Nations, and for being such a generous host country!]

In the vocabulary of the international community, Vienna and Austria is synonymous with global action.

22 April 2016, UN Headquarters

Closing remarks at Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Today, the governments of the world made history – just as they did last December in Paris at COP21.

With their signatures today, governments have made a covenant with the future.

The children who were with us this morning reminded us of our responsibility to them and to future generations.

The words they wore on their shirts said it clearly: “your promise, our future”.

Today’s signing is a vote of confidence in a new approach to climate change.

It is imperative this strong political momentum continues to grow.

22 April 2016, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Francois Hollande of France

C’est un plaisir de vous avoir ici ensemble en cette journée historique de notre lutte contre les changements climatiques.

Merci de votre leadership et de votre engagement.

I am also particularly happy to see former President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, thank you for your leadership. Thank you.

Today is an historic day. At least 175 countries are here to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. This is by far the largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement on a single day.

22 April 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the High-Level Event on the Implementation of the Climate and Development Agendas

We have made historic progress today, taking the next step to move from the aspirations of COP21 to action on the ground.

The Paris Agreement provides the policy certainty and clear direction requested by the private sector, civil society and local leaders.

Now we must take climate action to the next level.

By acting on climate, we advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.