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UN Secretary-General concludes Ireland visit and arrives in Brussels

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27 May 2015 – Currently, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Brussels for a number of high-level meetings and events.

At noon, Mr Ban will meet the organizers of the world famous Tomorrowland music festival. At this meeting, a message from the Secretary-General will be delivered to the People of Tomorrow (the festival goers).

Later in the afternoon, we move to the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), where the Secretary-General will address young people and answer their questions on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Tune in via http://un4.me/YouthNow.

Secretary-General just in from Ireland

The Brussels visit comes directly after the Secretary General’s visit to Ireland.

Here, he met Taoiseach – the Prime-Minister of Ireland – Enda Kenny, speaking on the post-2015 development agenda, climate change, peacekeeping, human rights and refugee protection.

Mr Ban commended the Taoiseach’s ‘compassionate leadership’ with respect to the resettlement of refugees, stating “We need a comprehensive approach to this challenge that looks at the roots and protects human rights.”

He continued, “Let me also congratulate the people of Ireland on the result of the marriage equality referendum, which was taken last week. The United Nations, through its Free & Equal campaign, will continue its efforts to promote human dignity for all”.

“Thank you again for Ireland’s wide-ranging support. The ties between Ireland and the United Nations remain fruitful and strong. I look forward to our continued partnership in seizing the opportunities of this important year and in building a better future for all.”

Strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges

Upon receiving the Tipperary International Peace Award, the Secretary-General also underlined that the international community is enduring a “time of test” which demands strong global cooperation and bold action.

“Today's conflicts are increasingly complex,” Mr Ban commented. “The lines between terrorists, transnational criminals and extremists are blurring. Civil wars have impacts well beyond their borders. Yet there remains an enormous gap between demands and our capacities.”

Focusing on the importance of the post-2015 agenda in addressing this, Mr Ban stated “the new sustainable development agenda being shaped by the Member States has a strong preventive dimension, with a focus on building effective institutions of governance.

“Adopting a bold agenda and taking action against climate change can set us on course towards an end of poverty and the beginning of stability for millions.”

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Contribute to the discussion! You can tweet about today’s midday event using the hashtag #Tomorrowland or send questions to our Secretary-General through #AskBanKimoon.

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