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.



Give Refugees Opportunities to Give Back, op-ed article, Le Figaro, 11 November 2015

“We do not like growing up in a world with war because it is stupid, and even the ones who ‘win’ end up suffering.” This powerful statement, more blunt and clear than any I have heard in meetings with national leaders, came from an even more authoritative source: children who had survived conflicts, poverty, deprivation and even the criminal hands of human traffickers.


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