In San Francisco, Secretary-General Ban addresses a special ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Charter. UN Photo/Mark Garten
In signing the Charter, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. It falls to us to heed the Charter’s call to “unite our strength” and to use their creation -- the United Nations -- for the common good.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, San Francisco (USA), 26 June 2015
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses 13th United Nations Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
There will always be crime and there will always be extremists. But we must work to stop crime and extremism being seen as attractive or necessary options – especially by youth. That is why we are focused on equitable, sustainable development.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Doha (Qatar), 12 April 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 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