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Remarks to the Economic and Social Council Youth Forum “Shaping Tomorrow’s Innovators: Leveraging Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture for Today’s Youth”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 27 March 2013

Good morning!

It is wonderful to see you here. Welcome to the United Nations. This is your home.

I want to start with two questions. And I want you to shout your answers. Let me hear what you think.

First: Is the United Nations doing enough for young people?

Next: Can the United […]

15 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at third International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 05 June 2013

Welcome to the third International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development.

It gives me great pleasure to host this important gathering.

The link between sport, peace and development grows stronger by the year.

It can be traced back in history to the original Olympic truce, which guaranteed safe passage to athletes […]

15 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at “Entrepreneurship for Development” General Assembly Thematic Debate

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly, 26 June 2013

I am pleased to address this important debate.

We meet in the middle of a global jobs crisis that demands a bold response.

This year, some 73 million young people will be unemployed.

An estimated 425 million young women and men will join the labour force between 2016 and 2030. That means […]

15 August 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks to General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Youth

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly, 25 July 2011

Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished Ministers,
Ms. Alek Wek,
Mr. Romulo Dantas,
Excellencies,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me first share my shock about the terror attack in Norway on Friday.

I condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms.

I am particularly saddened that this murderer singled out young […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at high-level meeting on youth side event: “Giving it back, passing it on”: Corporate Engagement and Youth Philanthropy as Pathways to Development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 27 July 2011

Thank you, Mr. Sean Koh, [Founder and CEO, Koherent Inc.], for your very kind introduction. It is very inspiring, what you have been saying. That is exactly what the United Nations is trying to achieve.

Mr. John Kluge, philanthropist and entrepreneur;
Ms. Reeta Roy, President and CEO of MasterCard Foundation;
Ms. Monique […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks to Vienna Community “Empowering People in a Changing World”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Vienna (Austria), 16 February 2012

It is a great honour for me to be amongst such an influential and informed audience today.

Vielen Dank für diese Ehre. Es ist wunderbar, wieder in Wien zu sein.

There are many words to describe this very beautiful city of Vienna – historic, glorious, dazzling, dynamic.

All fit – especially here […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at Olympic youth development centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Lusaka (Zambia), 25 February 2012

Hello, Zambia!

Hello, youth of Zambia!

You are all champions. I wish I could give you a gold medal.

Do you want to hear my dull speech now? [cheers]

Okay, let me begin!

Last May, in Geneva, I spoke at the second International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development.

I invited Dr. Rogge to join […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Keynote address to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents at Columbia University [as prepared for delivery]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York (USA), 02 April 2012

Every year, this Global Colloquium addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our world.

I have been honoured to join you a number of times so I know how dynamic this forum is – and how much you can achieve. Thank you for having me back.

I am especially […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks to the Global Classrooms Model UN Meeting “Youth of the World: Make Some Noise!”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 17 May 2012

I am a person who likes to go for broke. Unfortunately, I broke my hand last weekend playing soccer.

But nothing could stop me from being here today. I’ve been looking forward to meeting with all of you. I wanted to do something different so I took to Twitter and […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|

Remarks at opening ceremony of UNESCO youth forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Yeosu (Republic of Korea), 12 August 2012

It is wonderful to be here. Thank you for your warm welcome.

I arrived in Yeosu just a short while ago.

This is my first stop on this visit to Korea – but it is my third visit to Yeosu.

I was here for the first time as a senior […]

26 July 2013|Speeches on Youth|