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
The world is watching and expectations are high. Let us demonstrate that we are determined to work together to build a better life and a brighter future for the most vulnerable, their children and their grandchildren.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 19 January 2015
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
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
Iraq's leaders have always a grave responsibility to protect the security and welfare of the Iraqi people. They must find common ground and advance for the future of this great country. I count on all leaders to show courage, wisdom, persistence and vision.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Baghdad (Iraq), 13 January 2014
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
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
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
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
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