We are now in the second year of a global pandemic that has killed four million people. Extreme climate events regularly devastate vulnerable communities.
You have come together to determine the course of some of the most pressing issues we face: access to vaccines; extending an economic lifeline to the developing world; and more and better public finance for ambitious climate action.
A global vaccine gap threatens us all because as the virus mutates, it could become even more transmissible, or even more deadly.
“BUILDING BACK BETTER TOWARDS A MORE RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE POST-COVID-19 WORLD”
Your Majesty, Emperor Naruhito,
It is a great pleasure to join this Special Session. I thank the Member States, the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan for organizing it.
Secretary-General: Thank you very much for your warm welcome. I think we must be humble when we face such a huge number of existential threats and recognize the fragility of our societies and our planet. Fragility in relation to the pandemic, in relation to climate; Fragility in relation to lawlessness in the cyberspace, in relation to growing inequalities and the lack of trust in many of our societies; Fragility also because of geopolitical divides; Fragility even because of the risks in relation to the proliferation of nuclear weapons that are there again on the table.
Thank you very much. It's a great pleasure to be back.
The European Union and in particular, the Commission, has been a very strong supporter of the UN in all the dimensions of our work. And so, this is the moment to express my deep gratitude and appreciation.
Well, thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen of the media, it’s an enormous pleasure to be with all of you today. I want, first of all, to thank Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his kind invitation. It's for me a pleasure to join several of the sessions, the working sessions, of the G7.
And there are two issues of enormous interest for me and for the work I do as Secretary-General of United Nations. One is related to vaccination and the way to defeat COVID-19. And the second is climate change and climate action to defeat climate change.
I am pleased to close this year’s Insurance Development Forum, which provides industry and development actors a platform to promote the transformation we need for a sustainable future for all on a healthy planet.
We are in a race against time to adapt to a rapidly changing climate.
Today, we are at 1.2 degrees of warming and already witnessing unprecedented climate extremes and volatility on every continent.
We face three imperatives in addressing the climate crisis:
First, we need to achieve global carbon neutrality within the next three decades.