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 the 69th General Assembly, New York, 24 September 2014

It is a great honour to welcome you to this renovated General Assembly Hall. This great Hall is home to “we the peoples”. It has been restored, renewed and reinvented for the 21st century. I thank all of you for making it possible. The Capital Master Plan was not an easy project. But you, the Member States, embraced the vision. You made the investment. Now we see the wonderful results: a state-of-theart space in which we shall work together to improve the state of the world. In the name of all peoples and all nations, I am now proud to officially declare this General Assembly Hall open for business.


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