The greatest obstacle to ending the Syria war is the notion that it can be won militarily… No one is winning; no one can win. Even if one side were to prevail in the short term, the devastating toll will have sown the seeds of future conflict.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York (USA), 20 June 2014
All Syrians, and all in the region affected by this crisis, are looking to you gathered here to end the unspeakable human suffering, to save Syria's rich societal mosaic, and to embark on a meaningful political process to achieve a Syrian-led transition.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Montreux (Switzerland), 22 January 2014
Iraq's leaders have always a grave responsibility to protect the security and welfare of the Iraqi people. They must find common ground and advance for the future of this great country. I count on all leaders to show courage, wisdom, persistence and vision.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Baghdad (Iraq), 13 January 2014
In this year that marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we will strive to push the boundaries of diplomacy and collective action. Despite crises and concerns, 2014, brings major opportunities to build a safer, more just and prosperous world.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 8 January 2014
Eradicating poverty and arresting climate change are mutually reinforcing goals. Most importantly, they are achievable. But reaching our objectives will require significant change and restructuring of the global economy. Industry and the private sector will play a crucial role.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Lima ( Peru), 2 December 2013
Promoting energy efficiency will realize massive new investment opportunities in developing and developed countries. It can support economic growth, generate new jobs and increase global resource productivity.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Copenhagen (Denmark), 23 October 2013
While mobilizing to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, the United Nations has not lost sight for one moment of the wider tragedy that is still destroying Syria. We are equally focused on reaching a political solution…
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 16 October 2013
With our fates ever more entwined, our future must be one of ever deeper cooperation... Let us find new ways of governing, partnering and problem-solving. Let us empower the United Nations to be more than a first responder or a last resort.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly, 24 September 2013
I once again appeal to leaders across the world to promote dialogue, reconciliation and support for inclusive political transitions. This is the way to build stable, democratic, free and united societies.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Leiden (The Netherlands), 28 August 2013
The international community today is faced with challenges where many issues are intricately interlinked... Sustainable development will not be achievable if we miss any issues. I am putting the highest priority on building the international community's consensus to achieve sustainable development.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Seoul (Republic of Korea), 26 August 2013
This world is very young. More than half the global population is young people under the age of 25. We have to hear their voices. We have to meet the expectations of these young people, particularly when it comes to education.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 12 July 2013
Terrorism festers where conflicts are endemic ... and where human rights, human dignity and human life are not protected and impunity prevails ...We have to drown out shrill appeals to intolerance and extremism with sound calls for compassion and moderation.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Security Council, 15 January 2013
Let me say this loud and clear: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are entitled to the same rights as everyone else. They, too, are born free and equal. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in their struggle for human rights.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 11 December 2012