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Report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the General Assembly

"Now Is Our Time"

New York, 23 September 2009

Mr. President,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mr. President, let me express my heartfelt congratulations on your assumption of the presidency.

I wish you every success and assure you of my full support.


Ladies and Gentlemen:

We gather - each and every September - in a solemn rite.

We come to reaffirm our founding Charter-our faith in fundamental principles of peace, justice, human rights and equal opportunity for all.

We assess the state of the world - engage on the key issues of the day - lay out our vision for the way ahead.

This year- this opening of the General Debate of the 64th session of the General Assembly - asks us to rise to an exceptional moment.

Amid many crises - food, energy, recession and pandemic flu, hitting all at once - the world looks to us for answers.

If ever there were a time to act in a spirit of renewed multilateralism - a moment to create a United Nations of genuine collective action - it is now.


Distinguished Delegates,

Now is our time.

A time to put the "united" back into the United Nations.

United in purpose. United in action.

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