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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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No Planet B: Ten years of climate leadership

When Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was preparing for his first term in office, he asked his transition team to brief him on key issues that were global in nature, requiring urgent response and that would benefit from the sort of leadership his office could provide. Climate change was at the top of that list. Very quickly, the new Secretary-General was able to see the salience of this issue as a fundamental question for his tenure. The world needed to be mobilized and made aware of the existential threat posed to humankind by the accelerating change in the Earth’s climate caused largely by human activity. Together with those with whom he worked closely, Ban Ki-moon resolved to elevate climate change to a leaders-level issue, to mobilize the world to confront it frontally and, in the process, to help achieve a truly global climate change agreement.

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