I welcome this first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day. On July 15th each year, the international community will underscore the value of helping young people to upgrade their own abilities to contribute to our common future.
While overall more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75 million […]
Your Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Your Excellency, Ambassador Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, Honourable Ministers,
Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure to join you via video conference for this important session of ECOSOC […]
I thank Chancellor Merkel for hosting this working session.
I am increasingly concerned by the spread of violent extremist groups and the malicious and hateful ideologies that are fuelling violence and terrorism around the world.
From the deadly ideologies of ISIL and Boko Haram, to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, this wave of intolerance and hatred is a serious […]
Thank you for this opportunity to speak on the important subject of youth empowerment and employment.
I thank General Assembly President Kutesa and the co-organizers: the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Population Fund. I am honoured by the presence many distinguished ministers today.
I welcome the many experts who join us today.
The world now has […]
Remarks at General Assembly event for the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth
It gives me great pleasure to be with you today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth.
I thank the President of the General Assembly for convening this important event.
I am delighted to see so many young people gathered under the same roof with UN Member State officials responsible for […]
UN Secretary-General’s remarks at “Our World, Our Dignity, Our Planet: The Post-2015 Agenda and the Role of Youth” event
Remarks at the event: “our world, our dignity, our planet: the post-2015 agenda and the Role of Youth” Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 27 May 2015
I am very glad to be here with you today. Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!
Yesterday, I spent the morning with the young people of Ireland. Today, I am with you in this beautiful Palais […]
Dia dhaoibh! [Hello!]
I have had a very good visit to Ireland over the past few days, and will be leaving right after this gathering. My hosts have saved the best for last!
I am delighted to be with so many young people today.
I can see from your faces that you are excited about the results of […]
In Seoul, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlights role of young people and technology in future development agenda
During his official visit to Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at two forums on May 20 highlighted the importance of youth, education and information communication technologies (ICTs) in shaping the future sustainable development agenda.
“Data is the new oil. Data centres are the factories of the 21st century. Data is the lifeblood of […]
"What is important to remember is that history does not measure a person by the size of his or her bank account. What counts is how much one gives back to the world and how courageously one fights for what is right and for those in need." #Hoyas2015- Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United NationsPosted by Georgetown University on Saturday, May 16, 2015
In a commencement address at Georgetown University, where he received an honorary degree yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduates to choose service, be bold, listen, champion progress and act with passion and compassion.
Here is the full statement of the UN Secretary-General:
Please join me in saluting the families, friends and faculty who shared in […]
Excellencies, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon,
President Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN women,
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson,
Mr. Kiefer Sutherland
Ladies and gentlemen –
I honestly have to say, this is one of the most exciting events I have attended—on a Saturday in the UN…
I’m so honoured […]