Time of Test, Era of Opportunity

Selected Speeches of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2007–2016

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This publication features a selection of speeches delivered by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his tenure from 2006 to 2016, a decade that has witnessed considerable upheaval and transformation. The most important issues of our time are addressed in this volume, ranging from international peace and security to sustainable development, climate change to disarmament, humanitarian action to human rights, justice and the rule of law, and the empowerment of women and girls and of the new generations. This collection of speeches provides vital insights into our rapidly changing world and of the multiple challenges facing humanity today.



Address to Stanley Foundation Conference on the Responsibility to Protect, New York, 18 January 2012

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to participate in this very important gathering and addressing this very esteemed group of experts and supporters of Responsibility to Protect. I just started my second term as Secretary-General and I know that when I was elected as Secretary-General for the second time, all of you have supported me, and I thank you very much.


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