Time of Test, Era of Opportunity

Selected Speeches of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2007–2016

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This publication features a selection of speeches delivered by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his tenure from 2006 to 2016, a decade that has witnessed considerable upheaval and transformation. The most important issues of our time are addressed in this volume, ranging from international peace and security to sustainable development, climate change to disarmament, humanitarian action to human rights, justice and the rule of law, and the empowerment of women and girls and of the new generations. This collection of speeches provides vital insights into our rapidly changing world and of the multiple challenges facing humanity today.



Address to the Arctic Circle Assembly, Reykjavik, 8 October 2016

It is an honour to receive this Climate Sustainability Award. I accept it on behalf of the many people in and beyond the United Nations who have been part of the very active climate diplomacy over the past several years that produced the historic Paris Agreement. I am gratified that we worked together to produce something that can make our world safer and more sustainable, especially for future generations.


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