In China, Ban urges young people to drive global action 18 Aug 2014
- Indonesia immersion for engineering graduates Kiwi Success
- Customs ruins drug syndicate’s Christmas News
- New appointment to the Maori Land Court News
- Supreme Court upholds validity of Dotcom search warrants Business
- Keep EDs free for emergencies this Christmas News
- Pernod Ricard cuts deal over convertible note tax dispute Business
- Football for Peace on Parliament! Celebrate Christmas Truce Sport
- A water policy that’s fair for all New Zealander News
- Everybody owns water: A framework for water policy News
- DISCUSSION PAPER ON A WATER POLICY FRAMEWORK News
At a special event on the occasion of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged young people everywhere to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.
"It is easy to lose hope but I always feel motivated and encouraged by the energy of youth. Young people like yourselves," Mr. Ban said at a Nanjing University event hosted by the All-China Youth Federation.
"There are many difficult issues which you have to deal with and I have to deal with, but I need your support and I need your participation and engagement," he added, emphasizing that young people must dedicate themselves to noble ideals.
"My parents taught me to study hard, to work for other people, and work for the public good," recalled the Secretary-General.
While growing up in wartime Korea left the family very poor, "we had something better than gold": the hunger and thirst for education, Mr. Ban said. In 1962, when he was just a teenager Mr. Ban was invited to visit the United States. On that trip, he met President John F. Kennedy.
"I was a high school boy at that time. It was quite an extraordinary honour. At that time, I was thinking, asking myself, what should I do for my country? I thought that because Korea was so poor at that time, I needed to do something for my country's economy and political stability."
Young people today too must deal with harsh problems- war, hunger, poverty and disease. But they mustn't lose hope, Mr. Ban said. Young people must drive global change and be leaders in preventing abuses of human rights and environmental degradation.
"We have just 500 days left to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," Ban said, adding that the "clock will be ticking" until December 2015.
Compared to 1990 some 700 million fewer people worldwide live in conditions of extreme poverty. Six million fewer children die each year from preventable diseases while more than 2.3 billion people have gained access to improved water resources.
China has played an important role in these achievements, Mr. Ban said. The world was able to lift at least half of the extremely poor people out of poverty, many of who live in China, thanks to the country's hard work. But still, millions live in degrading conditions and die from preventable diseases. With the help of young people, these challenges can and will be addressed.
Mr. Ban said he appointed his Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, who is just 30 years old and the youngest senior official at the United Nations, because "the world is very young."
"I appointed him because half of the worlds population- 3.5 billion people- are under the age of 25. That means the world is very young. We have to do more for these young people. That is why working for and working with young people is one of the United Nations priorities."
Mr. Ban will open the Youth Olympic Games this evening. At today's youth event, he called sport "a very unique, extraordinary power to bring people together and drive social change." He said he hoped the Games would promote peace and bridge the gap between different ethnicities, religions and traditions- which is what the United Nations Charter aims to achieve.
Earlier today, Mr. Ban met with President Xi Jinping to express his gratitude to China for its strong partnership with the United Nations. The Secretary-General and the President discussed a wide variety of international issues, including the situations in Ukraine; Iraq; Syria; the Middle East, including Gaza; and Northeast Asia, including the Korean Peninsula, as well as the West African Ebola outbreak.
Mr. Ban also commended China's growing role in addressing pressing global issues such as climate change and shaping the future development agenda and for its contributions to the promotion of peace and security and human rights.
23 Dec 2014 News
From all of us here at NZNewsUK, thank you for your support over the past year. Have a very Merry Christmas where ever you are... more
24 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk NZ dollar may gain vs. Australian dollar hurt by weak commodities By Paul McBeth Dec. 24 (BusinessDesk)... more
24 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Millennium & Copthorne confirms $31 mln deal for Australian subsidiary, gains NZX waiver By Fiona ... more
23 Dec 2014 Entertainment
Summer means beaches, barbecues and backyard cricket - but it also means a whole lot of sweet sounds. Acts from all around the world... more
23 Dec 2014 Property
By Paul McBeth Dec. 23 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand Refining, which operates the Marsden Point refinery, has entered into a sale and... more
22 Dec 2014 Migration
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures showing New Zealand overstayer numbers are at the lowest since 2000. A... more
23 Dec 2014 NZ Tourism
Cath Ferguson of Kerikeri will be sending her visitors packing this summer – though in the nicest possible way. A keen... more
18 Dec 2014 Travel & Tourism
AirlineRatings.com has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Ten airlines for 2015. Heading the list is... more
24 Dec 2014 Sport
Boxing New Zealand Sport NZ Review of Boxing NZ conducted by Peter Dale Extract From Newsletter from Steve Mitchell, President... more
22 Dec 2014 Opinion
By Gordon Campbell If the government really did have good tidings of great joy you can bet it wouldn’t be strewing them about... more
18 Dec 2014 Column
by Gordon Campbell The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto... more
23 Dec 2014 People
Two New Zealand engineering graduates will gain first-hand experience of Jakarta’s construction boom during Asia New Zealand... more
23 Dec 2014 Recruitment
By Suze Metherell Dec. 23 (BusinessDesk) - Sealord, New Zealand's second largest fishing company, returned to profit in the 2014... more