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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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Achieving the milennium development goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took office half way through the 15-year period of implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs emanated from the Millennium Declaration, a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 8 September 2000, at the outset of the twenty-first century, which articulated values, principles and objectives forthe international development agenda forthe first decade and a half of the new century. In turn, the Millennium Declaration was informed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report “We the peoples: the role of the United Nations in the twenty-first century.” This report, released in March 2000 ahead of the Millennium Summit, proposed for the consideration of the summit a series of values that reflect the spirit of the UN Charter and were relevant for the challenges and opportunities of the new millennium.

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