14 Jul, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General’s Ban Ki-moon message on World Youth Skills Day

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I welcome this first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day.  On July 15th each year, the international community will underscore the value of helping young people to upgrade their own abilities to contribute to our common future. While overall more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75

6 Jul, 2015

Secretary-General’s Remarks to ECOSOC High-Level Segment and Global Launch of the 2015 MDG Report

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Your Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Your Excellency, Ambassador Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to join you via video conference for this important session

22 May, 2015

In Seoul, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlights role of young people and technology in future development agenda

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During his official visit to Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at two forums on May 20 highlighted the importance of youth, education and information communication technologies (ICTs) in shaping the future sustainable development agenda. “Data is the new oil. Data centres are the factories of the 21st century. Data is the lifeblood

13 Mar, 2015

At International Student Event, Secretary-General Assigns ‘Lifelong’ Homework: Be Passionate Global Citizens, Ensuring a Better World for All

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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the thirty-ninth annual United Nations International School (UNIS) International Student Conference: “Sustainability: Balancing People, Planet and Profit”, in New York: Welcome to the United Nations!  It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to the United Nations.  In fact, this morning looking out the window

11 Mar, 2015

Office of UN Youth Envoy joins the March for Gender Equality

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The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth was proud to participate in the March for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015, in New York City. The walk, organized by UN Women was an historic moment in uniting people of all backgrounds to advocate for a 50-50 Planet by

24 Feb, 2015

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spotlights the role of United States youth in UN’s success

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The United States and its young people, in particular, are essential to the success of the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said last week in his remarks to the UN Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Members Day gathering at Headquarters. “I am asking you, particularly young people, to have a

29 Sep, 2014

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

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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

12 Sep, 2014

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

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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