UN ‘uniquely placed’ to lead effort to advance global good – Ban Ki-moon

18 March 2008 –

The United Nations is “uniquely placed” to lead efforts to tackle climate change, global health, counter-terrorism and disarmament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging participants at a Model UN conference today to act as catalysts for change in support of the world body’s work.

The Organization is expected to work towards a more prosperous, healthy, secure and just world, Mr. Ban said, acknowledging that this is a “daunting” task. “But the United Nations has proven, at various stages of its history, that it is capable of rising to new challenges.”

Calling the attendees the “leaders of the future,” he said that they have the potential to devise inventive new ways to confront the challenges the world faces.

Mr. Ban also voiced hope that one day, there will be a woman Secretary-General, and said that the Model UN conference had set an example by selecting woman at the helm.

“Let me add that it gives me great pleasure to utter the words, ‘Madame Secretary-General,’” he told the delegates.

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