Unfortunately, very few governments think about youth unemployment when they are drawing up their national plans.
My friends, our challenge today is not to save Western civilization – or Eastern, for that matter. All civilization is at stake, and we can save it only if all peoples join together in the task.
Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole - women and men alike - than the one which involves women as central players.
I believe we have a responsibility not only to our contemporaries but also to future generations — a responsibility to preserve resources that belong to them as well as to us, and without which none of us can survive.
More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.
Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.
It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
I don't share the view that the ICC is anti-African. The ICC is not putting Africa on trial. The ICC is fighting impunity and individuals who are accused of crimes.
National markets are held together by shared values and confidence in certain minimum standards. But in the new global market, people do not yet have that confidence.
On climate change, we often don't fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.
Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
What governments and people don't realise is that sometimes the collective interest - the international interest - is also the national interest.
We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step.
Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
The question is the morning after. What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing? What happens in the region? What impact could it have? These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed.
We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world's people share the benefits of globalization.
The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost all the states in the world, is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being.
More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together.
Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people.
To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
We are not only all responsible for each other's security. We are also, in some measure, responsible for each other's welfare.
Above all else, we need a reaffirmation of political commitment at the highest levels to reducing the dangers that arise both from existing nuclear weapons and from further proliferation.
I have always believed that on important issues, the leaders must lead. Where the leaders fail to lead, and people are really concerned about it, the people will take the lead and make the leaders follow.
We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately. We are all in the same boat.
Time and again, when member states and the governments are faced with an insoluble problem, and they're under pressure to do something, that something usually ends up being referred to the U.N.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values.
The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.
In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.
In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.
In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.
If we can come up with innovations and train young people to take on new jobs, and if we can switch to clean energy, I think we have the capacity to build this world not dependent on fossil-fuel. I think it will happen, and it won't destroy economy.
If the United Nations does not attempt to chart a course for the world's people in the first decades of the new millennium, who will?
If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are conditions for development.
When economic conditions are difficult, people tend to be less generous and protect themselves; the question of solidarity doesn't mean much to them at that time.