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The Secretary-General's remarks at the Official Inauguration of the Green One UN House Ha Noi, 23 May 2015

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Date: 23 May 2015

Event: The Inauguration of Green One UN House in Ha Noi

 

ban-ki-moonYour Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Mr. Pham Binh Minh,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests,

Dear Colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Xin chào.

It is a great honour to join with all of you to inaugurate this beautiful new Green One United Nations House.

Let me begin by thanking the government of Viet Nam for its continuous strong support for this major initiative.

I would also like to recognize the many donors for their generous financial contributions.

Finally, let me thank everyone here – all United Nations staff and partners –for your support.

Together, you have helped create one of the most eco-friendly and energy efficient office buildings in the region.

This could not have happened at a more auspicious time.

In this crucial year of 2015, the international community is set to adopt new sustainable development goals, a new climate agreement, and a new framework to finance sustainable development.

You are showing what is possible. You are proving through action that being climate-friendly is good economics and good policy.

The Green One UN House will help us "Deliver as One".

Viet Nam has been a pioneer country for the world. This building will now bring together many agencies under one roof – promoting coherence, cooperation, teamwork and creativity.

This Green One UN House will also help us "Deliver Green".

The new building will generate electricity from solar panels and significantly reduce water use. It will help build local knowledge on eco-design and green technology. And I note that this is the first building in Viet Nam to be awarded a provisional Gold Lotus rating from the Viet Nam Building Council.

In short, the Green One UN House will enhance both the natural environment and our own working environment.

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

From day one as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have said we must lead by example on climate change.

In New York, we renovated UN headquarters to cut energy consumption by half and reduce our CO2 emissions by 45%. We have decreased the amount of water usage by 40%.

Here in Viet Nam, the Green One UN House shows that we are serious about sustainability.

We have the means and the know how to tackle these issues.

This building is just the beginning. Here and around the world, I encourage all UN staff and all citizens to take steps – large and small – to make sustainability a way of life.

Recycle paper, plastic and glass.

Turn off the lights.

Cycle or walk to work.

All of us can do our part.

I thank all of you here in Viet Nam for showing the way.

Thank you for helping us deliver as one and deliver green – so that we can deliver for the people of Viet Nam.

Thank you. Cám on.

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