Geneva, Switzerland, 5 August 2009 - Secretary-General's video message to the First Global Model UN Conference, 5-7 August 2009Hello to all of you at this first-ever Global Model United Nations!
I am delighted that more than 500 students from nearly sixty countries are attending.
I participated in a UN-style debate when I was a teenager. So you never know where this Conference might lead.
You could end up as Secretary-General of the United Nations, or maybe your country's ambassador to the United Nations.
Whatever path you choose, you will be called on to lead. The world faces serious challenges, and every citizen must do his or her part to address them.
I hope that over the next three days, you will see the close connections between poverty, hunger, climate change and conflict.
More and more, the world is coming to understand that these challenges will only be overcome through comprehensive solutions.
Now we need to move from awareness to action.
Action to “seal a deal” on climate change in December.
Action to protect the poorest and most vulnerable from the impact of the global economic crisis.
Action to help one billion people – one of every six people on earth – who go to bed hungry.
This is a time for action. A time for renewed multilateralism.
Some see this as a burden. I call it an opportunity. For change. For transformation.
This Global Model UN can help point the way forward -- for you and for all of us.
I am counting on your activism and solidarity, now and in the future, to help build a better world for generations to come.
Thank you for your commitment and support. I wish you all the best for a rewarding experience and a successful conference.
Statements on 5 August 2009
- Cairns, Australia, 5 August 2009 - Secretary-General's message to Pacific Leaders Forum - 4-7 August [delivered today by Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development]
- New York, 5 August 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea