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 on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, San Francisco, 26 June 2015

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the founding of the United Nations – the indispensable organization I am proud to serve. Let me thank our host country, the United States of America, for its formative role. UN values and U.S. values are one and the same – equality, freedom, dignity and peace. I also want to express my special gratitude to Governor Brown of California and Mayor Lee of San Francisco, this centre of diversity and innovation.


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