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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization for 2012

I. Introduction

The pillars of the work of the Organization are converging: events in the peace and security arena are having a lasting impact on progress in development and human rights and vice versa...

…An added feature of our common reality is that the time horizons for national and international action have changed. The world is moving faster, and we must react faster.

Reflecting the United Nations commitment to going green, I have decided to go paperless with the report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization...

A. Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development

children walking rice fields in Vietnam

Building the foundations for sustainable development is the greatest challenge we face today as an international community.

B. Maintenance of international peace and security

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The Organization will not be able to meet the demands and expectations of its Members without the necessary resources and equitable global burden-sharing by its Members.

C. Development of Africa

Group of African kidas walking

Africa remained a key area of focus for the United Nations during the past year.

D. Promotion of human rights

Crowd protesting Tripoli

Development cannot take hold in the face of political repression that thwarts fundamental freedoms.

E. Effective coordination of humanitarian assistance efforts

Women and child carrying recovery supplies in Haiti

In 2011, the Organization coordinated humanitarian relief for more than 56 million affected people, nearly double the number three years previously.

F. Promotion of justice and international law

UN peacekeepers talking to policemen in Cote D'Ivoire

Throughout the past year, the Organization nurtured conditions for the respect of the rule of law through its focus on combating impunity and strengthening accountability.

G. Disarmament

Knotted gun sculpture at United Nations Headquarters

Lack of progress on the disarmament and non-proliferation agenda within the United Nations arena is troubling.

H. Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations

Car in flames

The Organization and its Member States made important progress in the past year in strengthening the United Nations response to the terrorism threat.

I. Strengthening the Organization

United Nations Headquarters Building

The Organization has embarked on a number of critical initiatives which build on experiences and successes already achieved within the United Nations system.


Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaking

All forces must be brought to bear to meet our mandates and help to address the problems we face. I look forward to our realizing these opportunities together.