Vienna, Austria

05 July 2017

Secretary-General's video message to the International Association of University Presidents Triennial Conference

I thank  the International Association of University Presidents for supporting the United Nations.
 
As someone who began my career in academia, I recognize and value your transformative power.
 
Your initiative to establish the International Day of Peace raised global awareness about the need for lasting stability.
 
I trust this Conference will reflect on how to harness the immense knowledge you collectively represent to help people who are struggling.
 
War, poverty and human rights abuses take a heavy toll on millions of civilians worldwide. They deserve peace, opportunities and justice.
 
I am delighted so many youth join you. They give voice to the Academic Impact’s ASPIRE initiative: Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education.
 
The United Nations aims to foster a culture of intellectual social responsibility, through our Academic Impact initiative – which this Association helped create.
 
Let us continue to join forces for a better future.
Thank you.