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.



Remarks to UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

This is a historic day. A major step towards the future we want. President Rousseff, let us once again thank you for your leadership, and your election as President of this conference. You have taken on a profound challenge. For on this day, ladies and gentlemen, we gather in Rio de Janeiro to shape the future of humankind. Let us not mistake this for hyperbole, mere rhetoric. To the contrary, we are here to face an existential reality.


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