Environment, climate change

22 April 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Informal High-Level Event on Promoting the Early Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement

In Paris last December, countries embraced the spirit of multilateralism and showed how to work together to meet a common threat.

Today marks the next step in our shared journey to meet the climate challenge.

22 April 2016, General Assembly

Remarks to Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and President François Hollande of France brief the press. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

En décembre dernier à Paris, la communauté internationale a adopté le premier accord universel sur le climat.

Chaque pays s’est engagé à réduire ses émissions et à renforcer sa résilience face aux effets potentiellement dévastateurs des changements climatiques.

Aujourd’hui, au moins 171 pays se retrouvent ici à New York pour signer l’Accord de Paris.

Arrêtons-nous et songeons-y un instant.

C’est un moment d’histoire. Jamais auparavant un aussi grand nombre de pays n’avait signé un accord international en une seule journée.

15 April 2016, Washington, D.C.

Remarks to the Inaugural Meeting of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

I thank President Jim Kim for inviting me to the Inaugural Assembly Meeting of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

I commend all of you for your strong leadership on this issue.

Climate impacts threaten to roll back decades of development and prosperity.

Last December, more than 150 world leaders gathered in Paris and agreed on the urgent need to address the climate challenge head on.

The spirit of Paris lives on.

13 April 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-level Meeting on Resilience

Mr. Mike McGavick, Chairperson of the Geneva Association, Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Selwin Hart, Director of the Climate Change Support Team, Excellencies, Distinguished representatives of the insurance industry, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you to this important meeting.

The insurance industry was a key actor at the Climate Summit I hosted in 2014.

And your support was instrumental in mobilizing momentum for the historic Paris Agreement in December.

18 March 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the International Day of Happiness Event Angry Birds for Happy Planet Campaign

I’m glad that the United Nations can give Red a very good reason to go Green.

Red, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am happy to appoint you as our Honourary Ambassador for Green.

Thank you. Thank you for signing this plaque with your official signature. I have also signed this one.

Let’s work together for climate action to make a future that is more peaceful, sustainable and happy.

Thank you.

17 February 2016, UN Headquarters

Briefing on High-Level Signature Ceremony for Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefs member states on High-Level Signature Ceremony for Paris Agreement on Climate Change. UN Photo/Mark Garten

I am pleased to be here to brief you on the high-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement that I will host on the 22nd of April. Thank you for taking time and participating in this briefing session. Sitting here with you this morning I am feeling almost the same excitement and commitment as I felt in Paris. This is very important, showing such strong commitment and engagement by the Member States. I thank you very much for this opportunity to brief you on some preliminary, preparatory processes. We may have another opportunity, since we have some more time.

12 February 2016, Montreal

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal

Monsieur le maire,
Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je remercie M. Corderre et les Montréalais de leur accueil chaleureux.

Je suis très heureux d’être de retour à Montréal, ville internationale qui incarne l’esprit des Nations Unies.

Je suis très reconnaissant à Montréal d’être la ville hôte d’une de nos institutions spécialisées, l’Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale, ainsi que de plusieurs autres entités des Nations Unies.

Mr. Mayor,
Ladies and gentlemen,

27 January 2016, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Investor Summit on Climate Risk

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a welcome address at the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk. UN Photo/Mark Garten

I thank Ceres and the UN Foundation for organizing this very important gathering to demonstrate our commitment to action. Now, there is a very nice, even though not perfect 100%, very solid ambitious and far reaching climate Paris Agreement. It is now our responsibility, our moral and political responsibility, to put them into action on sustainable development goals and Paris Agreement.

And I thank everyone in this room who has helped to seed the ground for the historic Paris Agreement, through your investments, your advocacy or your example as a corporate climate leader.

21 January 2016, Davos

Remarks at World Economic Forum Plenary Session: "The New Climate and Development Imperative"

Thank you, President Kim, Distinguished panelists, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you today. I thank Professor Klaus Schwab and his team for bringing us together.

Last year, I came to Davos seeking your support for an ambitious agenda to transform the global economy, bring new opportunities to billions of people, and leave a healthier planet for future generations.

Now I can say: we have delivered with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

16 December 2015, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at End-of-Year press conference

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Bonjour, Mesdames et Messieurs,

Let me begin by wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year. I thank you for all your cooperation and your hard work last year.

We are wrapping up a pivotal year in which the United Nations marked its 70th anniversary and took landmark steps to advance sustainable development and climate change agreement.

The Paris Agreement on climate change is a sign of hope in troubled times. It is a triumph for multilateralism that shows the United Nations delivering results the world desperately needs.