Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Geneva Conference on preventing Violent Extremism. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
While it is inevitable that our discussions today may draw on examples such as Daesh or Boko Haram, let us be absolutely clear from the outset: the phenomenon of violent extremism conducive to terrorism is not rooted or confined to any religion, region, nationality or ethnic group.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Geneva (Switzerland), 8 April 2016
In Jordan’s Zaatari camp, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with young refugees. 27 March, 2016. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Despite the conflicts in this region, and the social and economic problems they have created, I remain optimistic about the future. That is partly because the vast majority of young people around the world, including in this region, long for peace and security and are committed to human rights.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Amman (Jordan), 27 March 2016
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefs member states on High-Level Signature Ceremony for Paris Agreement on Climate Change. UN Photo/Mark Garten
It is important that the Paris Agreement [on climate change] enters into force as soon as possible. The cost of inaction becomes clearer every day. More extreme weather events... Lost lives, lost homes, lost productivity, lost hope. We have no time to delay.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 17 February 2016
At World Economic Forum, Ban Ki-moon (left) announces creation of UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Also pictured Justine Greening and Jim Yong Kim. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Women’s economic empowerment is a key to unlock progress across society. Evidence shows more money in the hands of women means more food in the mouths of children, more resources for education, better investments in the family and greater progress for the community.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Davos (Switzerland), 21 January 2016
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the medie at UN Headquarters on his return from the climate change conference in Paris known as COP21. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
The Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism. It is a health insurance policy for the planet. It is the most significant action in years to uphold our Charter mandate to 'save succeeding generations.'
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 14 December 2015
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the General Assembly’s formal debate on peace operations. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
The historic adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last month underscores a long-standing truth: there will be no peace without development, no development without peace, and neither without respect for human rights.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly, 12 October 2015
Following his speech at the annual meeting of the Conference of French Ambassadors in Paris, Secretary-General Ban receives a standing ovation. UN Photo/Evan Schneider
…There need not be a trade-off between economic growth and addressing climate change…There are tremendous opportunities for countries and companies that take the lead in developing clean energy technologies and markets.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Paris (France), 26 August 2015
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) greets Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the opening of the FFD3 conference in Addis Ababa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda will be the starting point of a new path for financing sustainable development... Let us send a clear signal that we are serious about supporting sustainable development and providing a life of dignity for all.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 13 July 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 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 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