Your Excellency M. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21,
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.