In message to global classroom, Ban urges future leaders to “dream big”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

6 June 2008 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged students to aim high and prepare for a life as global citizens for a better and more just world.

“No matter what you choose, I urge you to dream big,” he said in a video message to the Global Classrooms Meeting in Los Angeles. “Not to make the most money, or to become the most famous, but to help the most people.”

Touching on his own experience in a Model UN in his youth, Mr. Ban told participants that he dreamt of one day becoming Secretary-General. “Little did I imagine that it would happen,” he said, adding that it is now the students’ turn to dream.

Taking part in today’s meeting showed that the students care about the world at large, he said. “You are thinking about the problems we face, as humankind, and you are thinking about solutions. For this I salute you.”

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