Ban Ki-moon at Princeton, April 17, 2009


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The coming year could be a make-or-break one for the world, according to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In an address at Princeton Friday (April 17), he called for cohesive action by nations large and small to combat threats to social stability. Banís speech kicked off the 2009 Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs.

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Princeton University has a long and honorable history in igniting important ideas in world government, according to the secretary-general. University President Shirley M. Tilghman (left) said Ban's appearance on campus affirmed Princeton's commitment to "serve our nation and all nations by encouraging the interplay of ideas in forums such as this."

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A crowd of nearly 1,000 gathered on campus at the McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Theatre to hear Ban discuss world issues and strategies to reduce conflict.

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Students queried the U.N. secretary-general on a host of topics, from deciding how to give small countries a larger role in decision-making in organizations like the United Nations to minimizing rivalries between agency workers in the field.

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Students queried the U.N. secretary-general on a host of topics, from deciding how to give small countries a larger role in decision-making in organizations like the United Nations to minimizing rivalries between agency workers in the field.

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Ban was elected U.N. secretary-general in 2006 but has played an active role on the international stage for decades. In his speech at Princeton, he urged nations to work together to forge a "new multilateralism" that will confront major issues, from climate change to unemployment.

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Students from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs met with Ban at a reception following his speech. In his remarks, Ban encouraged the students' interest in world affairs and described them as the world's future leaders.

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