05 Apr 2016

  • Ban Ki-moon Photo: Johan Walgren, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

  • Löven-Ban Ki-moon Photo: Sören Andersson, Government Offices of Sweden

On Wednesday 30 March, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for discussions in Stockholm. The agenda included Syria, migration, the implementation of the Global Goals, gender equality, women’s participation in peace processes and humanitarian issues.

Then Ban Ki-moon went to Stockholm City Hall to hold the annual lecture in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld:

“Our shared challenge is to shape this new world for the better − to build a landscape of opportunity and peace, while conquering persistent injustices, from hatred to hunger. Around the world, we are being tested in old ways that Hammarskjöld would have recognized − and in new ways for which his example can remain our guide.

Massive displacement – the most since the Second World War. Terrorism. Atrocious crimes that defy all norms of humanity.

At such times, the United Nations relies on its strongest supporters to step up, speak out and stay true.

Swedes have lived and breathed the United Nations for almost 70 years. In few countries is support for the United Nations so entwined with its own national identity.”

Read more, see photos and watch listen to the lecture at the web site of Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation here.

See the press conference with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the web site of the Government Offices of Sweden here.

Read the whole speech at the UN web site here.