Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ddresses the opening of the Ministerial Meeting of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in Washington, D.C. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Missiles may kill terrorists. But good governance kills terrorism. We must remember that. Human rights, accountable institutions, the equitable delivery of services, and political participation – these are among our most powerful weapons.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Washington, D.C., 19 February 2015
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 24th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
African countries have been the backbone and leading Member States of the United Nations since the day they achieved independence. We have been with you since birth. Now, many African countries are taking dramatic steps towards realizing their massive cultural, human and economic potential. The United Nations – and I personally as Secretary-General of the United Nations – will continue to stand with Africa as your partner and strongest supporter.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 30 January 2015
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Sixth Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, being held in Bali, Indonesia. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Too many of our world’s worst crises are driven by those who exploit fear for power. Too many societies are fracturing along cultural, religious or ethnic lines."
Secretary-General Ban in address to the Sixth Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, Bali, Indonesia, 29 Aug 2014
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bali (Indonesia), 29 August 2014
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same: Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict, so we are not back to the same situation in another six months or a year.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Tel Aviv (Israel), 22 July 2014
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses audience at the Asia Society in New York. Photo: UNIFEED screen capture
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
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses world leaders at the start of the General Assembly's top-level debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
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
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the 2013 Freedom Lecture at Leiden University in The Hague. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
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
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) addresses a press conference in Seoul (Republic of Korea). UN Photo/Evan Schneider
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
Secretary-General Ban meets with with Malala Yousafzai, the young education rights campaigner from Pakistan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Security Council meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar of Pakistan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is joined by musical artists Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ricky Martin at a special event on Leadership in the Fight against Homophobia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
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