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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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Empowerment of women and youth

Two of the defining features of Ban Ki-moon’s decade-long tenure as Secretary-General have been his steady commitment and sedulous championship of the empowerment of both women and youth and his strongly proactive efforts to relocate them from the margins of decision-making and productive activity to becoming equal partners and priority beneficiaries of the transformative change happening within the United Nations and the international community. On numerous occasions he has pledged publicly never to abandon the cause of women’s empowerment and to “always stand with you in the struggle for equality for all women and girls so that we can make this world a better place for all.” He has been equally forceful in his public advocacy that as “the torch-bearers of the new development agenda, youth have a critical role to play in ending poverty, inequality, hunger and environmental degradation. Their actions will be central in ushering in an era in which no one is left behind.”

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