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  • Published on: 14 Dec 2011
  • Source: UN News Centre

UN needed more than ever after ?remarkable and extraordinary year? ? Ban
?I believe we are at an inflection point in history. All is changing. The old rules are breaking down. We do not know what new order will emerge. Yet we can be confident: the United Nations will be at the fore.?

Mr. Ban, who completes his first term as Secretary-General on 31 December, said that since he became the UN chief in January 2007 he has ?sought to advance a practical, action-oriented vision of the UN as the voice of the voiceless and the defender of the defenceless.?

He said the UN spoke out ?early and forcefully? as the Arab Spring unfolded across the Middle East and North Africa, ?calling on leaders to hear the voices of their people.?

The Organization ?played an essential role in the liberation of Libya. We stand ready to continue to help Tunisia and Egypt at their request. The agreement mediated by our UN envoy in Yemen sets the stage for an end to fighting ? and the creation of a new government of national unity.?

The Secretary-General noted that events in hotspots worldwide ?continue to test our resolve? and demand a concerted, united response from the international community.

?In Syria, more than 5,000 people are dead. This cannot go on. In the name of humanity, it is time for the international community to act,? he said.

?In Afghanistan, we face continued insecurity. Last week?s conference in Bonn re-affirmed the international community?s commitment to our partnership through 2014 and beyond. With the help of the [Middle East diplomatic] Quartet, we must continue to push for peace between Israel and Palestine. In the Horn of Africa, people still face famine.?

But he stressed that the UN had helped ensure substantial progress on several fronts, including at the recent climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, and in advancing the principle of ?responsibility to protect.?

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