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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Jeju, Republic of Korea, 21 May 2015 - Secretary-General's video message to Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity


Honourable Won Heeryong, Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Ambassador Moon Tae-young, President, Jeju Peace Institute, Excellencies,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to send greetings to this important Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary!

I regret that I am not able to be with you in person this time owing to unavoidable circumstances.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome this year’s focus on a New Asia of Trust and Harmony.

The United Nations is now dealing with many urgent crises.  We are doing everything possible to put out fires.

At the same time, we are forging a new set of sustainable development goals and aiming for a new, universal agreement on climate change – all in 2015.

This is a time of grave threats – but also enormous opportunities.

Many Asian countries have stressed education for phenomenal economic growth. Some say the 21st century will be the era of Asia and the Pacific.

Northeast Asian countries are key to promoting cooperation across the region. That is why I have called for greater dialogue -- especially among the Republic of Korea, Japan and China. Lasting security will lead to even greater development.

With boldness and creativity, with trust and harmony, Asia can continue to lead the world to a new and better future.

Thank you for your commitment and support.


Statements on 21 May 2015