Secretary-General Hails ‘Outstanding Honourees’ in Message to Global Leadership Awards Dinner

6 November 2013

Secretary-General Hails ‘Outstanding Honourees’ in Message to Global Leadership Awards Dinner

6 November 2013
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Hails ‘Outstanding Honourees’ in Message


To Global Leadership Awards Dinner


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message to the United Nations Association of the United States-United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Awards Dinner, in New York, 6 November:

Good evening, everyone. I thank all participants at this year’s Global Leadership Dinner.  Tonight, you recognize outstanding honourees.

I am so proud of Malala Yousafazai — a brave and gentle young champion for peace, who, through the simple act of going to school, became a global teacher.

Ambassador Samantha Power is the dynamic new face of the United Nations in one of the Organization’s key Member States.

Senator Timothy Wirth is a long-standing friend of the United Nations.

And the visionary Ted Turner has generously given the United Nations so much, in so many ways.  This month marks a milestone for you, Ted.  Happy seventy-fifth birthday.

General Electric Africa is helping Africans write a new narrative for the continent, not only through cleaner energy, but also through important contributions to women’s and children’s health.

The documentary group “10x10” — [who made the film] Girl Rising — knows that empowering young women is one of the best investments we can make.

UN front-line polio workers brave dangers to end this debilitating disease.

I would also like to applaud all the members of UNA-USA and the UN Foundation.  I am pleased to be working with your new President, Kathy Calvin.  You are our greatest friends and allies.  You inform people across the world about what we do and why it matters.

The United States and the United Nations collaborate on keeping peace, preventing conflicts, feeding the hungry, fighting disease, aiding people in disasters and much more.  You help the American public support this valuable partnership.

We live in a time of global transition and uncertainty.  But, there are also tremendous opportunities for common progress.  The global logic of our times demands that we work together more closely than ever before.

I look forward to your contributions as we respond to crises today and build solid foundations for tomorrow.   With your support, we can achieve peace, prosperity and human rights for all.  Thank you.

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