Ban: When we act together there is no limit to what we can achieve

September 28, 2015

The UN Secretary General today encouraged member states to work together to solve the great challenges facing the world and also encouraged them to listen to the voice of young people, who demand change.

“When we act together there is no limit to what we can achieve. Three days ago young people from many nations were here and asked one thing above all: change. There is nothing we can tell you that will convince you that the world should be the way it is. That means we have to do everything we can to bridge the gap between the world as it is and as it should be. That is the mission of the United Nations, ”said Ban Ki-moon.

Ban delivered a speech at the opening of the General Assembly general debate on Monday and stressed that the world continues to spend billions of dollars on military spending and suffering is at levels not seen in a generation.

He also recalled that more than one hundred million people need humanitarian assistance and more than 60 million have had to leave their homes, so it is necessary that countries fulfill their commitments to provide funds.

Ban referred to the great conflicts that persist in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Iraq or Afghanistan and the massive flow of migrants and refugees that they have caused.

In the specific case of Syria, Ban pointed out that the responsibility for ending this conflict lies above all with the fighting parties and also with the permanent members of the Security Council and other regional actors.

“Five countries in particular hold the key: Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. But as long as one party does not commit to the other, it is futile to wait for change on the ground, ”Ban said.

The UN Minister also highlighted the progress made in the field of health care, in the fight against poverty or gender equality and also referred to the recent Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the member states last week.

What counts now, he said, is that promises on paper become change on the ground.

“In this year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we must listen to the call of the Charter and hear the voices of the people. This is how we can overcome the harsh realities of today and seize the remarkable opportunities of our age, ”Ban said.

September 28, 2015

The UN Secretary General today encouraged member states to work together to solve the great challenges facing the world and also encouraged them to listen to the voice of young people, who demand change.

“When we act together there is no limit to what we can achieve. Three days ago young people from many nations were here and asked one thing above all: change. There is nothing we can tell you that will convince you that the world should be the way it is. That means we have to do everything we can to bridge the gap between the world as it is and as it should be. That is the mission of the United Nations, ”said Ban Ki-moon.

Ban delivered a speech at the opening of the General Assembly general debate on Monday and stressed that the world continues to spend billions of dollars on military spending and suffering is at levels not seen in a generation.

He also recalled that more than one hundred million people need humanitarian assistance and more than 60 million have had to leave their homes, so it is necessary that countries fulfill their commitments to provide funds.

Ban referred to the great conflicts that persist in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Iraq or Afghanistan and the massive flow of migrants and refugees that they have caused.

In the specific case of Syria, Ban pointed out that the responsibility for ending this conflict lies above all with the fighting parties and also with the permanent members of the Security Council and other regional actors.

“Five countries in particular hold the key: Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. But as long as one party does not commit to the other, it is futile to wait for change on the ground, ”Ban said.

The UN Minister also highlighted the progress made in the field of health care, in the fight against poverty or gender equality and also referred to the recent Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the member states last week.

What counts now, he said, is that promises on paper become change on the ground.

“In this year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we must listen to the call of the Charter and hear the voices of the people. This is how we can overcome the harsh realities of today and seize the remarkable opportunities of our age, ”Ban said.