Environment, climate change

07 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at closing of Thematic Day on Energy

Your Excellency Ms. Segolene Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development of France,
Your Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly,
Your Excellency Mr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy of the United States of America,
Your Excellency Mr. Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate in charge of the Environment of Morocco,
Mr. Xu Shaoshi, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of China,
Mr. Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency,

07 December 2015, Paris

Opening remarks at press conference at COP21

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you.

We have just begun the High Level segment of COP21.

Here in Paris, we have a unique opportunity to redefine our future.

We are on the verge of one of the most important peace agreements of our times – making peace with our planet.

Outside these negotiating halls, there is a rising global tide of support for a strong, universal climate agreement.

07 December 2015, Paris

Remarks to the opening of the High-Level session of the COP21

Your Excellency M. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21,
Distinguished ministers,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ever since I became Secretary-General, nearly nine years ago, I have called climate change the defining issue of our time.

It places our very future in jeopardy.

Yet, here in Paris we have the unique opportunity to define our own destiny.

In rising to the climate challenge, we can set the world on a sustainable footing for generations to come, and lay the foundation for prosperity and security for all.

06 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at the meeting of African Ministerial Conference on the environment

Your Excellency, Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment of Egypt, and President of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment,
Distinguished Ministers,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful for this opportunity to engage with you at this critical time in the negotiations.

I will give very brief opening remarks but mostly I am here to listen to you.

I value your frank reflections on the status of the negotiations and on Africa’s priorities.

05 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at High-Level Closing of Climate Action Day

I thank President Hollande for convening this gathering, and for France’s engagement as one of the co-leaders of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, along with Peru, the United Nations and the UNFCCC.

I have been looking forward to Action Day because it is about the solutions we so urgently need.

Today is about action by all sectors of society.

It is about innovation and imagination; collaboration and partnership.

It is about our collective future, and it is about hope.

05 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at meeting with parliamentarians during COP21

I am honoured to have this opportunity to address the distinguished speakers of the world’s parliaments.

I commend you for gathering here in Paris.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time.

The world needs your leadership like never before.

Parliamentarians have a key role to play in supporting an effective national and global response to climate change.

Your national climate targets are an expression of your efforts and aspirations.

04 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at Launch of Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance Report on "State of City Climate Finance"

I am pleased to be with you.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time.

That is why world leaders have gathered here in Paris in unprecedented numbers.

Governments are taking action to curb emissions and strengthen climate resilience because it is in their best interest.

The same is true for all levels of government.

The global response to the climate challenge must also include robust action by cities.

04 December 2015, Paris

Opening remarks at Compact of States and Regions Event

Excellencies, Distinguished leaders of States and Regions, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you here in Paris at this pivotal moment in history.

Your shared commitment to sustainable practices and innovation are laying the foundation for a low-emissions future.

Regions, countries and cities need the ambition and vision of local leaders like you.

You are providing solutions to the world’s most important challenges.

And at this time, solutions are what we urgently need.

We have gathered here today to showcase your leadership.

04 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at Summit for Local Leaders

I thank Mayor Hidalgo for hosting this important event, along with my Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Mr. Michael Bloomberg.

Let me first express my solidarity with the people of Paris.

Last month’s brutal terrorist attacks are appalling crimes against a city and nation known for tolerance and civilization.

They only serve to deepen our resolve to build a safer, more equitable and sustainable future.

This is a future in which we also live in harmony with our natural environment.

03 December 2015, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for this opportunity.

As you know, tonight I will fly back to Paris again to take part in the climate change conference.

I was very encouraged by what I saw and I heard during the opening days of COP21 – the Summit meeting. World leaders did precisely what they were meant to do: give strong impetus to the negotiations.