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.



Remarks at reception hosted by Japan to mark the one-year anniversary of the great East Asia earthquake, New York, 8 March 2012

Thank you very much, Your Excellency Ambassador Nishida, for hosting this reception. Thank you also for organizing the wonderful concert at the United Nations on Monday evening. I was deeply impressed by the performers. The drumming was so powerful. I felt energized by the music. It was truly inspiring.


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