Statement by the Secretary-General on the presidential election in the United States of America

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

I congratulate Mr. Donald Trump on his election as forty-fifth President of the United States of America.

In the aftermath of a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country’s greatest strengths.  I encourage all Americans to stay true to that spirit.
 
Today's global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions.  As a founding member of the United Nations and permanent member of the Security Council, the United States is an essential actor across the international agenda.  People everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good. 
 
The United Nations will count on the new Administration to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation as we strive together to uphold shared ideals, combat climate change, advance human rights, promote mutual understanding and implement the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all.  
 
Now more than ever, we must mobilize around the principles and common values of the United Nations Charter. 
 
I would also like to express my deep appreciation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a lifetime commitment to peace, the advancement of women and the well-being of children. 
 
She has been a powerful global symbol of women’s empowerment, and I have no doubt that she will continue to contribute to our work across the world.