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 Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan, 14 March 2015

On behalf of the United Nations, I am honoured to welcome all partners to Sendai. I thank the Government of Japan for hosting this important Conference and the citizens of Sendai for their warm hospitality. I am particularly honored by the presence of Their Majesties and their strong support for this important issue, disaster risk reduction, and I thank Your Majesties. Japan has made immense contributions to the United Nations and our world. I also thank donors to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, so ably led by my Special Representative, Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom.


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