Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General's Message for 2016

As United Nations Secretary-General over the last decade, I have repeatedly stressed the interdependence of the three pillars of the United Nations -- peace, sustainable development and human rights. Together, they form the basis of resilient and cohesive societies rooted in inclusion, justice and...

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

What I expect from the UN climate change conference in Paris

For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response  Why do I care so much about this issue?...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

New hope for Haiti

NEW YORK – During a recent visit to the rural community of Los Palmas, Haiti, I had the opportunity to talk with families directly affected by the cholera epidemic that has been afflicting the country since the 2010 earthquake. One man explained that not only had the disease killed his sister...

Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Malala comes to the United Nations with hope

Malala Yousafzai may be one of the best-known students in the world, but she is also a teacher.  This month she will mark her 16th birthday by coming to the United Nations and sharing an important lesson about education – particularly for girls around the world.  Malala is the...

Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

The Power to End Poverty

NEW YORK – Growing up as a child during the Korean War, I knew poverty first hand.  I saw it around me every day; I lived it. One of my earliest memories is walking up a muddy track into the mountains to escape the fighting, my village burning behind me and wondering what would happen to my...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

Shining a Light on Climate Change

NEW YORK – A light bulb may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about revolutionary technology.  Yet science and smart policy have the potential in today’s world to transform an ordinary household object into a revolutionary innovation. Recently, I visited an ambitious...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 12:00 AM

The conflict in Darfur beyond what we think

We speak often and easily about Darfur. But what can we say with surety? By conventional short-hand, it is a society at war with itself. Rebels battle the government, the government battles the rebels. Yet the reality is more complicated, and sides are not always clear. Lately, the fighting often...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 12:00 AM