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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.

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Address to the 68th General Assembly, New York, 24 September 2013

Each year at this time, we come together – not to preserve the status quo, but to drive our world forward. This is an era of wondrous opportunity. Ours is the first generation that can wipe poverty from the face of the earth. Yet the pressures on people and the planet are building: Youth without jobs. A warming climate. Unresolved conflicts.

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