United Press International - January 26, 2012
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon says peace, safety and sustainable development are key
imperatives for his second term as head of the world body.
Ban, who recently began his second five-year term as U.N. chief,
laid out his action plan Wednesday in a speech before member
"Today I want to share with you an action agenda for the coming
five years," he said "A plan to make the most of the
opportunities before us. A plan to help create a safer, more
secure, more sustainable, more equitable future. A plan to build
the future we want."
Ban said his work with the United Nations will focus on
preventing and mitigating conflicts, human rights abuses and the
impacts of natural disasters, building a safer and more secure
world, supporting countries in transition and working to engage
the talents of women and young people.
Ban's agenda includes a campaign to wipe out malaria, polio,
pediatric HIV infections and measles, as well as maternal and
Ban said the United Nations will work to make Antarctica a world
nature preserve and he will also appoint a new special
representative for youth.