Environment, climate change

01 December 2015, Paris

Remarks at high-level meeting on Africa and climate change

[As prepared for delivery]

Your Excellency Mr. François Hollande, President of France,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank Africa’s leaders for coming to Paris and joining hands for today’s gathering.

COP21 got off to a good start yesterday. Africa has an enormous stake in its success. Your personal engagement and ownership will be essential in producing the ambitious agreement that Africa’s people and the entire world need.

30 November 2015, Paris

Remarks at launch of International Solar Alliance

I am pleased to join you for the launch of the International Solar Alliance.

In September, Prime Minister Modi and more than 130 other world leaders met at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the heart of the new agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, protect the environment, and promote a life of well-being and dignity for all.

But, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we must address climate change.

30 November 2015, Paris

Remarks at high-level meeting on climate resilience

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you to focus on climate resilience and to launch a new effort to address this crucially important challenge.

The impacts of climate change are growing.

Three out of four humanitarian disasters are now climate-related.

Economic losses have increased by more than half over the past decade.

Ecosystems, and food and water supplies are under increasing pressure.

30 November 2015, Paris

Remarks at COP21 Leaders Summit lunch

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses High-level Meeting on Climate Resilience. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Your Excellency François Hollande, President of France,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Hollande for convening this leaders’ summit and for hosting COP21 under very challenging circumstances.

We have heard many speeches today, so I will keep my remarks brief.

Excellencies, my message is simple: The fate of a robust, global climate change agreement rests with you.

30 November 2015, Paris

Speech to COP21 Leaders Summit

Your Excellency Mr. François Hollande, President of France,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Your Excellency Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

You are here today to write the script for a new future.

A future of hope and promise -- of increased prosperity, security and dignity for all.

In September, you adopted an inspiring new sustainable development agenda with ambitious goals endorsed by all.

You showed your commitment to act for the common good.

29 November 2015, Paris

Remarks at “One Heart One Tree” event


Citizens of Paris and the world,

It is an honour to be with you in the heart of Paris.

We are here to celebrate the start of two historic weeks, during which governments will forge a shared, global response to climate change.

Meeting the climate challenge is central to building a more equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet.

Leaders bear responsibility for the success of the negotiations.

But it is all of you – the great forces of civil society -- who have helped get us to this pivotal moment.

28 November 2015, Valletta

Remarks upon receiving the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal at the International Ocean Institute

I thank the International Ocean Institute and the University of Malta for welcoming me to this beautiful campus.

It is an honour to receive the Elisabeth Mann Borgese medal. I know that, through me, you are also recognizing the United Nations and its staff, who do such remarkable work to advance the causes that were so dear to the medal’s namesake.

Elisabeth Mann Borgese fitted a great deal into one lifetime. She had a passion for music, literature and education.

18 November 2015, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters

I am pleased to participate in this special thematic session on water and disasters, which is being held at the beginning of the UN High-level Water and Sanitation Days, and one day before the observance of World Toilet Day.

I would like to start by expressing my great appreciation to Dr. Han Seung-soo, Special Envoy on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, and to the High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters.

15 November 2015, Antalya

Opening remarks at press conference at G20 Summit in Turkey

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,

I thank Turkey for hosting this important meeting of the G20.

Let me start by reiterating my profound condolences to the people of France following the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night. My thoughts are with the families of the victims at this time of grief and loss.

15 November 2015, Antalya

Remarks at G20 working lunch on Development and Climate Change

Your Excellency Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey,

The critically important climate conference in Paris is now just two weeks away. I would like to commend the leadership of President François Hollande, whose efforts have been crucial in the negotiations and in our broader work to address the climate threat. France has been plunged into crisis by the horrendous terrorist attacks two days ago. But I know that President Hollande, even as he courageously faces that challenge, also remains committed to reaching a good agreement in Paris.