Environment, climate change

15 December 2015, General Assembly

Remarks to the General Assembly on Outcome of COP21

I thank you for inviting me to brief you today.

Seventy years ago, the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War.

Seven decades later, in Paris, nations have united in the face of another threat – the threat to life as we know it due to a rapidly warming planet.

Governments have ushered in a new era of global cooperation on climate change -- one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity.

In doing so, they have significantly advanced efforts to uphold our Charter mandate to "save succeeding generations".

14 December 2015, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the medie at UN Headquarters on his return from the climate change conference in Paris known as COP21. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Good morning everyone, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to see you. What a great two weeks in Paris. Now I understand why people say “We will always have Paris.”

Yesterday, I returned from Paris, where Governments reached a landmark new climate change further agreement which can benefit all of humanity for generations to come.

The countries of the world have made a historic choice.

They have unanimously decided to work as one to rise to the defining challenge of our times.

12 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at closing of COP21

Mesdames, Messieurs,

All my congratulations.

The Paris Agreement on climate change is a monumental triumph for people and planet

I know I speak for everyone in this room in applauding COP21 President Laurent Fabius and UNFCCC Executive-Secretary Christiana Figueres for their outstanding stewardship of these negotiations.

In the face of an unprecedented challenge, you have demonstrated unprecedented leadership.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time.

12 December 2015, Paris

Remarks to COP21 Presentation of Draft Outcome Document

Excellence, Monsieur Laurent Fabius, Président de la Cop 21,
Madame Christiana Figueres, Secrétaire exécutive du Secrétariat
de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur le changement climatique,
Distingués représentants,

Je remercie Son Excellence, Monsieur Laurent Fabius et aussi le President de la Republique, Francois Hollande, d’avoir su piloter les négociations sur le climat si habilement tout au long de l’année écoulée.

Nous voici rendus à un tournant décisif après une longue quête entamée voici des décennies.

11 December 2015, Paris

Opening remarks to media at meeting with COP21 President Laurent Fabius

Merci Monsieur le Président de la COP 21 pour votre leadership.

Mesdames, Messieurs,

Je tiens à saluer le leadership de Laurent Fabius à la tête de la COP.

Ses efforts pendant ces derniers mois, mais surtout ces derniers jours et nuits, sont presque surhumains!

Je suis très reconnaissant de son travail. Son travail et sa diplomatie sont très appréciés de toutes les délégations.

Je suis convaincu et confiant que les negotiateurs, les parties, pourront adopter un accord ambitieux et fort.

Ladies and gentlemen,

10 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at COP21 Momentum for Change event

This is the fifth time I have addressed this Momentum for Change event.

Each time, I am filled with renewed hope.

I thank the Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for organizing these gatherings.

Today, as never before, we see momentum for change coming from every sector of society.

Governments, cities, the private sector, investors, faith communities and the public at large are mobilized, as we have seen here in Paris.

10 December 2015, Paris

Opening remarks at press encounter with Civil Society

Honorable Former Vice-President Al Gore,
Ms. Emma Ruby Sachs,
Ms. May Boeve,
Dear civil society leaders with whom we have been working together.

Thank you very much for your strong commitment to work with the United Nations, to work for the people for the people of the world and to work for a very healthy planet.

Emma, we are working for your baby and many other babies who may be born, who were born already, and many other babies and children that will come to this world.

We are very much work for them.

09 December 2015, Helsinki

Opening remarks at joint press conference with President Sauli Niinistö of Finland

Thank you very much. I am delighted to be back in Finland again to participate in the 60th anniversary celebration and thank you for your invitation and hospitality.

President Niinistö and I just held very productive talks to strengthen our partnership. We discussed the issues of refugees and migrants coming to Europe, sustainable development, countering violent extremism and climate change.

I have just come from the Climate Change negotiations which are now being held in Paris – and I will return there from here.

08 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at meeting of at UN Global Compact Caring for Climate Business Forum

Your Excellency M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France and President of COP21, Your Excellency Mr. John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, Excellencies, Distinguished business leaders, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you.

I thank the United Nations Global Compact for its leadership.

The collective momentum among the private sector for climate action is growing daily.

08 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at press encounter with US Secretary of State, John Kerry

Thank you again, Secretary Kerry. It is a great pleasure to see you again in Paris. Thank you for your leadership. I have been highly commending the leadership of Secretary Kerry in addressing the Syrian issues, in particular the Vienna 1 and Vienna 2 processes, in which we have been able to begin the preparations for eventual political process. And I warmly welcome your initiative again to hold the third meeting in New York on 18th of December.