The United Nations is working to end the violence as soon as possible and transition to a new future where the Syrian people have peace, freedom, dignity and justice. We agreed that a negotiated political solution is the only way to end that crisis.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Sochi (Russia), 17 May 2013
You cannot end poverty without empowering women and girls. You cannot establish lasting peace without respect for human rights. You cannot increase prosperity or address climate change without transforming the world's energy systems. We have to advance on all fronts.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 8 May 2013
A credible and comprehensive inquiry requires full access to the sites where chemical weapons are alleged to have been used. I again urge the Syrian authorities to allow the investigation to proceed without delay and without any conditions.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 29 April 2013
Cynics expected the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] to be abandoned. Some felt they were too ambitious .... Instead, the Goals have mobilized action and achieved remarkable results... We need to accelerate our work..., make the most of the next 1,000 days and meet the millennium promise.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Madrid (Spain), 5 April 2013
Although this country is small, your importance to the United Nations stands as tall as Mount Titano. In our world of turmoil and strife, countries and peoples are struggling to attain stability, prosperity and dignity. San Marino offers important lessons to our world.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, San Marino, 31 March 2013
Youth have always had ideals. The difference with all of you - the largest generation of youth in history - is that you can use social networks to demand change. You can mobilize... And you can achieve meaningful results.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 27 March 2013
You have already demonstrated that you are willing and able to take on the responsibility of leadership. The world will rely on you to speak the language of tolerance and respect. Your voices need to drown out those that preach division and hatred.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Vienna (Austria), 26 February 2013
Many economies in the region are growing. Democratic institutions are strengthening. Global influence of the Americas as a whole is on the rise. You are expanding your role as a bridge between the nations of North and South as well as among the South.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Washington, D.C. (USA), 13 February 2013
For decades, the Olympic hosts and the United Nations have been working actively together. We have joined forces around the world to promote the ancient ideals of the Olympic Truce and support development, participation and education through sport.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York (USA), 7 February 2013
The situation in Syria is catastrophic and getting worse by the day ... And every day Syrians face a cascading catalogue of horrors: unrelenting violence, dwindling supplies of food and medicine, and human rights violations including sexual violence and arbitrary arrests and detention.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Kuwait City (Kuwait), 30 January 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
I have come to listen. But I am also here to say to the world: The slaughter in Syria must stop. The military path is a dead end. It only fills streets with more blood. It only fills camps like this with more tears.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Islahiye (Turkey), 7 December 2012