United Nations Web TV - Secretary-General Copyright 2013-14 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:12:19 -0500 http://webtv.un.org Ban Ki-moon, launch of the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-launch-of-the-2015-global-assessment-report-gar-on-disaster-risk-reduction/4093525273001 Remarks by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Launch of the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction. video4093525273001 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:31:56 -0500 4093525273001 419820 Ban Ki-moon, International Women's Day 2015, 8 March 2015 http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-international-womens-day-2015-8-march-2015/4091464787001 Message from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the International Women's Day 2015. video4091464787001 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:25:22 -0500 4091464787001 108009 Twenty years ago, when the world convened a landmark conference on women’s human rights, the devastating conflict in the former Yugoslavia prompted deserved attention to rape and other war crimes there against civilians. Two decades later, with girls as young as seven not only targeted but used as weapons by violent extremists, it would be easy to lose heart about the value of international gatherings. But while we have a long way to go to achieve full equality – with ending gender-based violence a central goal – progress over the past two decades has proven the enduring value of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women. Since the adoption of its Declaration and Platform for Action, more girls have attained more access to more education than ever before. The number of women dying in childbirth has been almost halved. More women are leading businesses, governments and global organizations. I welcome these advances. At the same time, on this International Women’s Day, we must acknowledge that the gains have been too slow and uneven, and that we must do far more to accelerate progress everywhere. The world must come together in response to the targeting of women and girls by violent extremists. From Nigeria and Somalia to Syria and Iraq, the bodies of women have been transformed into battlegrounds for warriors carrying out specific and systematic strategies, often on the basis of ethnicity of religion. Women have been attacked for trying to exercise their right to education and basic services; they have been raped and turned into sex slaves; they have been given as prizes to fighters, or traded among extremist groups in trafficking networks. Doctors, nurses and others have been assassinated for trying to operate in their professional capacity. The women human rights defenders brave enough to challenge such atrocities risk – and sometimes lose – their lives for the cause. We must take a clear global stance against this total assault on women’s human rights. The international community needs to translate its outrage into meaningful action, including humanitarian aid, psycho-social services, support for livelihoods, and efforts to bring perpetrators to justice. With women and girls often the first targets of attack, their rights must be at the centre of our strategy to address this staggering and growing challenge. Empowered women and girls are the best hope for sustainable development following conflict. They are the best drivers of growth, the best hope for reconciliation, and the best buffer against radicalization of youth and the repetition of cycles of violence. Even in societies at peace, too many girls and women are still targets of domestic abuse, female genital mutilation and other forms of violence that traumatize individuals and damage whole societies. Discrimination remains a thick barrier that must be shattered. We need to expand opportunities in politics, business and beyond. We need to change mind-sets, especially among men, and engage men in becoming active change-agents themselves. And we must back up our resolve with resources based on the sure understanding that investments in gender equality generate economic progress, social and political inclusion and other benefits that, in turn, foster stability and human dignity. This is a vital year for advancing the cause of women’s human rights. The international community is hard at work on establishing a new sustainable development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals and shape policies and social investments for the next generation. To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment. The world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential. When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all. Ban Ki-moon: Making Equality Work http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-making-equality-work/4091251697001 The Secretary-General of the UN speaks to UN-GLOBE, the staff group fighting for the equal rights of LGBTI employees in the UN system, about his advocacy for the human rights of LGBTI people. video4091251697001 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:57:47 -0500 4091251697001 219034 Ban Ki-moon at the Concert "Stop Ebola and Build for the Future" http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-at-the-concert-stop-ebola-and-build-for-the-future/4089458014001 Remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the concert to raise awereness of the Ebola crisis and build for the future. video4089458014001 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:34:55 -0500 4089458014001 319693 Remarks I am pleased to be with you this evening. I thank the Government of São Tomé and Principe, and with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the United African Congress and the Give them a Hand Foundation for organizing this concert. We are here to celebrate progress and urge solidarity in the final push to defeat Ebola, and help the affected countries build for a better future. Last December, I visited West Africa to see how much has been achieved by the people and governments of Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone. I came back inspired by the courage of the survivors and those working selflessly at the front lines. Five months ago, the forecast was bleak. Cases were doubling every two to three weeks. But today, we face a very different situation. We know that Ebola can be beaten. At the heart of the success has been the response of communities and local and national authorities. And behind them, we have seen an unprecedented global coalition of governments, regional organizations, civil society actors, development banks and philanthropic foundations. Countries from near and far, of great and small states, have deployed experts, donated supplies and contributed funds. The United Nations has played an important role. The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response – UNMEER – is our first-ever emergency health mission. It has helped to scale up and direct the response. Now we face a critical turning point. There are encouraging signs that the worst of the outbreak is behind us. This year has seen a significant decline in new cases. Surge efforts are under way to bring the outbreaks further under control ahead of the rains. The UN system is committed to reaching the target set by the Presidents of the Mano River Union of no more new cases by mid-April. The Ebola-affected countries can do this – but they need the continued help of the international community. Tomorrow, the European Commission will host a high-level conference in Brussels to help focus global resolve on finishing the job of ending Ebola in West Africa. Nobody can afford to drop their guard. The outbreak began with one case and will not be over until all countries are totally free of Ebola. And after the outbreak is over, there will be much work to do to help the affected countries recover and build back stronger and more resilient. So tonight, I appeal to you to help the United Nations as we support this important work. You can contribute directly to UN agencies, funds and programmes, or to my Trust Fund, which has been designed to finance critical gaps in the response. Thanks to our collective efforts, the end of the road is in sight. But the last mile may well be the hardest. Let us therefore act resolutely and with unity of purpose to end this cruel outbreak and support recovery. Let us show the affected countries that we continue to stand with them in solidarity by providing the resources they need for the job at hand. I thank you for your support. Ban Ki-moon, High-Level Segment - 1st Meeting, 28th Regular Session Human Rights Council http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-high-level-segment-1st-meeting-28th-regular-session-human-rights-council/4088015745001 H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General - Opening of Session and High-Level Segment - 1st Meeting, 28th Regular Session Human Rights Council (2nd - 27th March 2015) video4088015745001 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:00:30 -0500 4088015745001 137038 28th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council. HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s event in with Goodwill Ambassadors in New Delhi, India http://webtv.un.org/watch/secretary-general-ban-ki-moon’s-event-in-with-goodwill-ambassadors-in-new-delhi-india/4082602358001 video4082602358001 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:31:57 -0500 4082602358001 967390 Ban Ki-moon, Resumen de la visita a la central hidroeléctrica de Itaipú (Paraguay) http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-resumen-de-la-visita-a-la-central-hidroeléctrica-de-itaipú-paraguay/4082549720001 El Secretario General de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon recorrió la central hidroeléctrica de Itaipú, la segunda más grande del mundo, y animó a Paraguay a compartir su experiencia positiva en el desarrollo de energías renovables. [English and Spanish] video4082549720001 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:15:39 -0500 4082549720001 200876 Ban Ki-moon, From Lima to Paris: Working together towards a global climate agreement http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-from-lima-to-paris-working-together-towards-a-global-climate-agreement/4076334442001 Remarks by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the event untitled: "The Lima COP20 outcome and the road to COP21 in Paris – From Lima to Paris: Working together towards a global climate agreement" video4076334442001 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:16:05 -0500 4076334442001 444012 Ban Ki-moon, Charter of the United Nations - Security Council, 7389th meeting http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-charter-of-the-united-nations-security-council-7389th-meeting/4076275696001 Remarks by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on “Maintaining International Peace and Security: Reflect on History, Reaffirm the Strong Commitment to the Purposes and the Principles of the Charter of the United Nations". video4076275696001 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:13:06 -0500 4076275696001 483347 Ban Ki moon, The UN at 70: A Year for Bold Action - UNA-USA Members Day at the UN http://webtv.un.org/watch/ban-ki-moon-the-un-at-70-a-year-for-bold-action-una-usa-members-day-at-the-un/4072393806001 Keynote address by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). video4072393806001 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:52:08 -0500 4072393806001 1332431