Ban Ki-moon marks UN at 70

Ban Ki-moon marks UN at 70

"National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world.  But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea. Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity."

- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for UN Day

High-level thematic debate on Maintenance of International peace and security

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at high-level thematic debate on maintenance of international peace and security.

Commemoration of the 2015 International Day for the Total elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the General Assembly Commemoration of the 2015 International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

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