In one of his first major U.S. trips since his re-appointment as United Nations secretary-general in June, Ban Ki-moon told an audience of about 700 at the 14th annual Korbel Dinner that a revolution in thinking and in action is needed in sustainable development and “now is the time to think big.”
The University of Denver honored Ban Ki-moon at the event with its Global Advancement Award.
“These issues are relevant for every country, including this one,” said Ban Ki-moon, who is known for his passionate agenda on human rights, climate change and efforts to engage world leaders in protecting people.
“We now live in a world where no country, no matter how powerful, can solve problems on its own. No global challenge, no matter how pressing, can be addressed in isolation,” he said. “The essence of leadership, and our collective challenge, is to step up and work together.”
He noted that DU students are making an impact — now and in the future.
“Your students are shaping our world. They are making a difference throughout the ranks of the diplomatic corps, in the United Nations, in nongovernmental organizations, in businesses and civil society across the country and around the world,” he said.
“Let me say, that when it comes to support for global problem solving, the Korbel School and DU score 100 percent,” Ban Ki-moon said.
He thanked Christopher Hill, dean of DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, for his work and impact in the Republic of Korea and other countries while a U.S ambassador.
“When I learned of his appointment as your new dean, I was determined to come at the first opportunity to help him get his tenure off to a good start. The Korbel School and the Korbel legacy are in good hands,” Ban Ki-moon said.
Additional news mentions regarding Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s recent visit
August 25, 2011, ABCnews.com, UN Secretary-General Renews Pledge to Help Libya.
August 24, 2011, WashingtonPost.com, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renews pledge to help Libya in Denver speech.
August 24, 2011, UN.org, Secretary-General's remarks at Roundtable on "Sustainable Energy for All".
August 24, 2011, UN.org, Secretary-General's remarks at tour of National Renewable Energy Laboratories.
August 24, 2011, UN.org, Secretary-General's remarks to Korbel School Annual Dinner.
August 24, 2011, MSNBC.com, UN secretary-general renews pledge to help Libya.
August 24, 2011, KUSA-DEN (NBC), Channel 9 news features video of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Colorado.
August 23, 2011, DenverPost.com, UN chief to visit Colorado this week.