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 on Adapting to Climate Change, Ulaanbaatar, 27 July 2009

It is a great pleasure to be here with you today. Over the past two days, Mrs Ban and I, and all my colleagues, have had a wonderful visit to this beautiful country. It was indeed a special privilege to visit the Hustai National Park, to spend a night in a traditional ger, and to get a taste of the rich culture of Mongolia. As you may know, I was honoured to name a horse - one of the original Takhi. I named it Peace, Enkhtaivan in Mongolian, for reasons all of us understand.


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