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 Climate Summit, New York, 23 September 2014

Thank you for coming to this unprecedented and important gathering. Looking at that film made me think of my childhood. I grew up poor in war-torn Korea. I dreamed of peace. I dreamed of prosperity. I dreamed of opportunity. Standing here today is, in so many ways, a dream come true. But today the dreams of people throughout the world hang in the balance. Climate change threatens hard-won peace, prosperity, and opportunity for billions of people. Today we must set the world on a new course.


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