Eradicating poverty and arresting climate change are mutually reinforcing goals. Most importantly, they are achievable. But reaching our objectives will require significant change and restructuring of the global economy. Industry and the private sector will play a crucial role.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Lima ( Peru), 2 December 2013
Promoting energy efficiency will realize massive new investment opportunities in developing and developed countries. It can support economic growth, generate new jobs and increase global resource productivity.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Copenhagen (Denmark), 23 October 2013
While mobilizing to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, the United Nations has not lost sight for one moment of the wider tragedy that is still destroying Syria. We are equally focused on reaching a political solution…
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 16 October 2013
Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures. By 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity. Demand could outstrip supply by 40 per cent. We must address unsustainable use.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Budapest (Hungary), 8 October 2013
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
...Security and development should go hand in hand. In order to achieve lasting stability, people need schools for their children ... they need food on their tables ... and they need to have hope in their lives.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Islamabad (Pakistan), 13 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