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21st century mix of change and challenge brings me to India: Ban Ki-moon

“May ya haan aakar bahut khush hun” said United Nations Secretary General,Ban Ki-moon at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University in the capital on Friday.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: April 28, 2012 3:09:22 pm

“May ya haan aakar bahut khush hun” said United Nations Secretary General,Ban Ki-moon at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University in the capital on Friday.

Discussing “India’s role in the family of nations” he said,that the world is in state of transition and “this 21st century mix of change and challenge brings me to India.”

He said that as the co-founder and second- largest contributor to the United Nations Democracy Fund ( $30 million in the last five years) and the world’s third- largest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping,India is the “backbone” of the UN’s efforts to “prevent further conflict and keep peace worldwide.”

Ban Ki-moon added that tolerance is tested in India and around the world and it is crucial for India to pass those tests not only for itself but also for the world. “I count on India to help show the way,” he said. He also said that all nations face challenges on human rights and it is imperative for India to tackle its own “through legislation. Policy and action to protect all citizens.”

The UN Secretary General was speaking at the special convocation held by JMI to honour him with the “Doctor of Letters” (Honoris Causa) “in recognition of his immense contribution to development and world peace.”

In his acceptance speech,Ban Ki-moon thanked Jamia for the distinguished recognition and said,“For decades,I have been a student of India. Now I finally have a degree to prove it! Today you do me and the United Nations a special honour. In that spirit,I accept this honorary doctorate on behalf of the women and men who serve the United Nations around the world.”

Addressing students at Jamia,the Secretary Gneral said,“I call today’s youth ‘Generation UN’ – a generation that is global,understand our common bonds and is fluent in networks.” Highlighting their role in nation building,he said that it is time for the new generation of Indians to write a new and dramatic chapter in the nation’s history. “The main thread in that story will be India’s role in the wider role. India as a global power and yourselves as global citizen,” he said.

He urged the youth to be part of the United Nation’s quest for peace,development and human rights everywhere.

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