Climate disruption happening now to all of us, warns Secretary-General 

“We are here because the world is facing a grave climate emergency,” the Secretary-General told the Climate Summit Preparatory Meeting on Sunday, in Abu Dhabi. He said that “climate disruption is happening now” to all of us and is progressing even faster than the predictions of the world’s top scientists. “Let us accelerate the transformation the world needs, and usher in a new era of sustainability for all people on the planet,” the Secretary-General said.  He highlighted the September Climate Action Summit at UN headquarters as a vital platform for political, business and civil society leaders to step up.  Prior to his Abu Dhabi visit, the Secretary-General took part in a climate-focused trilateral meeting with the foreign ministers of China and France, on the margins of the G20 Summit, in Osaka, Japan.  He praised the climate action efforts of both countries and called the September Summit a key opportunity to raise the ambition. “We need to rescue the planet,” he said. (Image above: The Secretary-General viewed the vast Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant in the United Arab Emirates – the world’s largest solar plant. Photo credit: UAE government.)

Remarks at Climate Summit Preparatory Meeting:

Remarks at Climate Change Trilateral Meeting:

Caribbean experience highlights need for climate action

Addressing the 40th meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in St. Lucia on Thursday, the Secretary-General praised regional climate action efforts “to help save lives and make communities resilient” and underscored the need for global action.  “As climate-related natural disasters grow in frequency and severity, the risks to families and to development overall will only intensify.  The Caribbean experience makes abundantly clear that we must urgently reduce global emissions and work collectively to ensure that global temperature rise does not go beyond 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels,” he said.  The Secretary-General also visited Praslin Bay where he saw the devastating effects of Sargassum seaweed and heard from fishermen and sea moss farmers on its impact.

The Secretary-General at the CARICOM Community conference in St Lucia, 3 July 2019. Photo credit: UN/ D. Pedroza.

Remarks to 40th meeting of CARICOM:

Note to Correspondents on visit to Praslin Bay, Saint Lucia:

Statement and messages

On Libya:

On Taliban attacks in Afghanistan:

On the Korean Peninsula:

Senior Appointments

Mr. Haoliang Xu of the People’s Republic of China as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):

Ms. Angelique Crumbly of the United States of America as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of Management Services, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):

Next Week

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will speak at the opening session of the African Regional High-level Conference on Counter‑Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism in Nairobi, Kenya.  He will then travel to Mozambique and visit areas impacted by cyclones Idai and Kenneth earlier this year. The Secretary-General will meet with affected families, local authorities, the UN country team and civil society organizations who have been supporting the cyclone recovery response.