Call for Climate Action at COP 24

On Monday, the Secretary-General spoke at the opening of the Climate Change Conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland, and said it was “hard to overstate the urgency” of the situation. Calling it the most important gathering on climate change since the Paris Agreement was signed, he said science demanded “a significantly more ambitious response” and that climate action offered a compelling path to transform our world for the better. The Secretary-General said the Paris Agreement provided the framework for action and must be operationalized. “We have a collective responsibility to invest in averting global climate chaos, to consolidate the financial commitments made in Paris and to assist the most vulnerable communities and nations,” he added. The Secretary-General also delivered remarks on the Climate Summit he will convene next September and held a press conference with President Andrzej Duda of Poland, stressing that “climate change is still running faster” than we are. “We need to reverse this trend and Katowice is an essential platform for this reversal to take place,” he said.

The Secretary-General at the opening of Climate Change Conference, COP24, in Katowice. Photo: UNFCCC Secretariat


Remarks at Opening of COP24:

Press conference with President Duda:

Remarks at the E-Mobility event at COP24:

On the 2019 Climate Summit:

Support to the 2030 Agenda at the G20 Summit

On Saturday, at the G20 Summit in Argentina, the Secretary-General delivered remarks on a session on Climate and Sustainable Development. He said “ambitious climate action will not only slow temperature rise, it will be good for the economy, for public health and for the environment.” He appealed to the leaders present to “send a powerful signal to the world that strong economic growth and limiting carbon emissions are possible and compatible,” stressing “this is how we will fulfil the promise of the 2030 Agenda.” In a statement, the Secretary-General highlighted that the G20 Declaration reaffirmed support to the 2030 Agenda stressed the need to raise ambition in the fight against climate change and renewed the commitment to a rules-based international order.

Remarks on Climate and Sustainable Development:

Statement on the outcome of the G20 Summit in Argentina:

Security Council debates

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Secretary-General spoke on Security Council debates on peacebuilding and on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in conflict prevention.

He stressed the role of partnerships — with regional and subregional organizations, and with international financial institutions, to safeguard development gains, strengthen resilience and build local capacities to prevent and respond to conflicts.

Remarks at debate on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace:

Remarks on Cooperation between the UN and Subregional Organizations:

70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention

On Friday, the Secretary-General spoke at an event on the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime. He said “preventing and punishing genocide is the duty, the responsibility and the obligation of the entire international community.” The Secretary-General urged the 45 States which have not ratified or acceded to Genocide Convention to “consider becoming party as an urgent priority.”


Annual High-Level Pledging Conference for the UN Central Emergency Response Fund

On Friday, the Secretary-General attended the annual high-level Pledging Conference for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF, stressing it has been at the forefront of the UN’s humanitarian response for the past 13 years. In his remarks, he strongly urged those in attendance to “have the ambition to make the CERF a larger Fund, because that will dramatically improve our capacity to respond to the multiplication of emergency situations that we witness and to the protracted problems that are more and more difficult to address.”



Exhibit highlights role of women in shaping Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As part of the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Secretary-General opened an exhibit on Thursday highlighting the role of women in shaping the historic document.


First meeting of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Compact Coordination Committee 

On Thursday, the Secretary-General delivered remarks at the first meeting of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Compact Coordination Committee. He said that when he took office, he was determined to reform the United Nations counter-terrorism architecture as part of a broader approach to what he called “diplomacy for peace”. The Secretary-General stressed that the Compact can enhance our collective approach to counter-terrorism across the United Nations system.


Statements and Messages

On World Aids Day:

On the death of President George H. W. Bush:

On South Sudan:

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:

On initial roundtable meetings on Western Sahara:

On the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development:

On Yemen:

To the Fourth World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (video):

For the Opening of the Ban Ki-moon Peace Museum (video):

To the 3rd Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators (video):

To the Bali Democracy Forum (video):

Next Week

On Monday and Tuesday, the Secretary-General will attend the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakech, Morocco. He will also take part in a high-level event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.