I was not originally planning to come to Strasbourg but I diverted my travel to address you at this crucial time at the invitation of President Martin Schulz on the importance of Europe’s ratification of the Paris agreement on climate change -- Ban Ki-Moon, addressing the European Parliament on Paris agreement on climate change, 4 October 2016
Ban Ki-moon
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-11-06
There is a certain perception among foreigners about French people. You love arts, music, food, wine – and holidays. In New York, I looked for Ambassador Delattre. He was not there. I thought he must be enjoying his summer holidays. Now that I am joining you for this “Semaine des ambassadeurs”, I realize that I have to change my perception of French people. You work even during the summer without taking vacations! (…) of course, the climate conference in Paris later this year is at the very top of the international agenda. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 26 August 2015, Remarks to the Annual meeting of French Ambassadors
Ban Ki-moon
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
The Paris Agreement on climate change is a monumental triumph for people and planet (…) In the face of an unprecedented challenge, you have demonstrated unprecedented leadership. Climate change is the defining challenge of our time (…) I have visited the climate front lines, from the Arctic to Antarctica and to the Amazon, from the Sahel to the Aral Sea. Today, we can look into the eyes of our children and grandchildren, and we can finally, after so many years of discussion and delay, tell them that we have joined hands to bequeath a more habitable world to them and to future generations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, COP 21 Closing speech, 12 December 2015
Ban Ki-moon
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09