Ban Ki-Moon

Migration and Youth: International Migrants Day 2014

December 18, 2014 marks International Migrants Day.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon highlighted, “We live in the ‘age of mobility.’ International migration is a major global trend an estimated 232 million people live outside their countries of birth.”

Young people aged 15-24 represent about one-eighth (28.2 million) of global migrant population, and they are a […]

18 December 2014|News for Youth, News Stories|

United Nations Secretary-General says Young People are Key to Success Post-2015 Agenda

Today the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, informally presented an advance unedited version of his synthesis report on the Post-2015 Agenda. The report provides a rallying call to governments to aim high with the new global development goals. It makes it clear that business as usual is not an option, and puts emphasis on the […]

4 December 2014|News for Youth, News Stories|

Leaders of tomorrow must be heard today, Ban tells Global Forum on Youth Policies

(UN News Centre) 28 October 2014 – Young people around the world must “raise your voices” so they are heard loud and clear, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a packed audience of youth Ministers, experts, activists and volunteers this morning, kicking off the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, in Azerbaijan, itself a nation with […]

29 October 2014|News Stories|

A message from the Secretary-General on United Nations Day

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven […]

24 October 2014|News Stories|

A Message from the United Nations on the International Day of the Girl Child

The 2014 theme of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.

On this occasion, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has published a statement outlining his support for the empowerment of young women to prevent violence:

“All over the world, an alarming number of adolescent girls […]

10 October 2014|Envoy’s news|

In Review: UN Youth Envoy’s journal of beginning of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Last week marked the start of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. As heads of state, governments and global leaders gather in New York City, the post-2015 development agenda is top the official agenda this year.

We have been off to a busy and fully engaged start. Here are some highlights of the […]

29 September 2014|Blog|

A message from the Secretary-General on the International Day of Peace

Today is the International Day of Peace.

Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire.

We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace.

Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries.

Too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers and […]

29 September 2014|News Stories|

There’s No Planet B for Youth

The time has come for us to develop new and sustainable methods to maintain our economy while managing our resources responsibly. We have come to the realization that climate change is one of the most important and influential topics in national and international agendas. Our social, economic, and political structures are directly correlated with the […]

15 September 2014|Blog|

Secretary-General’s Message on International Day of Democracy 2014

15 September 2014 – As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

Recent outbreaks of […]

14 September 2014|News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on 10 September 2014.

During his segment, the Secretary-General emphasized the use of technology and social media and said that “young people have the power and voice” to unite in defense of peace and join in creating a prosperous future where everyone’s […]

12 September 2014|News Stories|