|Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia, shakes hands with Timoleón Jiménez, Commander of the FARC-EP, at the ceremony in Havana for the signing of a ceasefire. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe|
Today the Colombian peace process validates the perseverance of all those around the world who work to end violent conflict not through the destruction of the adversary, but through the patient search for compromise.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Havana (Cuba), 23 June 2016
|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
|Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe|
|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
|Secretary-General Ban greets Pope Francis as he arrives at United Nations Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten|
|Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the General Assembly. President of the Assembly Sam Kutesa is at right. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz|
|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 addresses the press on the new sustainable development agenda, agreed by Member States on Sunday, 2 August 2015. UN Photo/Mark Garten|
|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
|In Oslo (Norway), Ban Ki-moon speaks at launch of final report on MDGs, flanked by Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas|
|Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in Astana, Kazakhstan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas|
|In Incheon, Republic of Korea, Secretary-General Ban opens the World Education Forum. Education minister Hwang Woo-yea (left) and UNESCO's Irina Bokova look on. UN Photo/Evan Schneider|
|Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and General Assembly President Sam Kutesa plant a tree in remembrance of the victims of World War II. UN Photo/Mark Garten|
|At a meeting with global financial institutions in New York, Secretary-General Ban calls for a push across all sectors in support of sustainable development, UN Photo/Mark Garten|
|Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addreses othe pening session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe|
|Secretary-General Ban speaks at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the prestigious institute’s Humanitarian of the Year award. UN Photo/Evan Schneider|
|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