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Building a Better Future for All

Selected Speeches of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 2007-2012

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The United Nations works across the world for peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law. This collection of speeches by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shows the breadth of those efforts – advances and struggles alike – at a time of profound transition for the human family. Since taking office in 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sought to mobilize the international community behind global solutions to urgent challenges ranging from climate change and poverty to armed conflict and the spread of deadly weapons. The goal: dignity, freedom and opportunity for all.

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Introduction

One of the most important assets of any United Nations Secretary-General is the unique platform of the office itself. Its fundamental impartiality makes possible the exercise of good offices to defuse political tensions and promote the peaceful settlement of disputes. Its convening power allows for the bringing together of people and nations in common cause. Its perch atop the world’s only universal organization gives the occupant uncommon visibility. The mix and frequency with which these and other tools are deployed is for each Secretary-General to define in the context of the times. But there is one constant: making maximum use of the so-called “bully pulpit”.

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