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Furthering the Work of the United Nations

Highlights of the Tenure of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 2007-2016

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This volume explores United Nations efforts over the past decade to uphold the values and advance the objectives of the UN Charter. It offers a reflection on the challenges, explains the Organization's approaches, and catalogues both gains and setbacks, as well as suggests avenues for future action. This book highlights the fact that under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's tenure there has been a dramatic rise in the expectations placed on the UN. Those demands emanate from the world’s people, governments, those caught up in conflict or oppression, and from Mother Earth, suffering so much from decades of misuse. Today’s UN is asked to work in more spheres of activity, more locations and more difficult circumstances. It has deployed more peace operations than ever and now serves the largest humanitarian caseload in history. With the adoption of bold new goals on sustainability and climate change, the UN also has the most ambitious development agenda since its founding.

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Conclusion: Thoughts on a decade as Secretary-General of the United Nations

This volume, like all the work of the United Nations, is a team product. It has been prepared by colleagues at all levels across the United Nations, and offers a full and frank portrait of our efforts over the past decade to uphold the values and advance the objectives of the UN Charter. We have sought to reflect on the challenges, explain our approaches, catalogue both gains and setbacks and, crucially, suggest avenues for future action. My hope is that this assessment will be of use to all 193 Member States, all UN partners and to my successor and the new team that assumes leadership of the unique and indispensable Organization I have been privileged to lead.

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