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 Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad, India, 11 January 2015

I am deeply moved and inspired to visit this Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram. Like so many people around the world, I have long admired Mahatma Gandhi. Since I first visited Raj Ghat in 1972, I have been personally guided by his teachings, especially his description of Seven Social Sins: “Politics without principles. Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity; and Worship without sacrifice.”


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