United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, 10 September 2018:
Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment.
We face a direct existential threat.
Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world.
If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, 31 March, 2020:
Covid-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations …
The new coronavirus disease is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods …
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, sometime in the future:
The asteroid that is heading to the Earth is projected to kill all humanity. It is a true existential crisis. I apologise for not advocating for sufficient protection against a meteorite strike on the Earth.