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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Secretary-General's video message to the National Model United Nations of the Republic of Korea, 2-5 July

Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2 July 2014

Vice President Lee In-sung of Yonsei University Wonju Campus, Ambassador Lee Ho-Jin, Vice President of the UN Association of the Republic of Korea,
Professor Shin Sang-beom, Director of Yonsei University Wonju Campus Model UN Secretariat, Dear Model UN Delegates,

I am pleased to send my warmest greetings to all students and faculty members participating in this 20th annual Model UN Conference. I thank Yonsei University for hosting. I am also grateful to the UN Association of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their sponsorship.

You are meeting at a time of great risk – and great opportunity.

Climate change, war, poverty and other global threats demand an international response.

The United Nations is leading the human family in overcoming these challenges.

I am organizing a Climate Summit in September focused on solutions.

We are pressing to end conflicts and establish lasting peace.

We are working to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 – and to adopt a bold long-term plan for the years after that.

Through Model UN, you can learn how to help us rise to the world’s challenges.

I am counting on you to make a contribution to our shared campaign for peace, development and human rights.

Stay engaged. Be a global citizen. Promote a life of dignity for all.

Thank you.

Statements on 2 July 2014