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 to Security Council marking 15th anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, New York, 13 October 2015

Fifteen years ago, Security Council resolution 1325 underscored the pivotal link between gender equality and international peace and security. Since then, this Council has adopted several resolutions on women, peace and security — each of them a call to action for the international community. I am personally committed to implementing these resolutions. I have highlighted women’s leadership in peacebuilding as a priority.


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