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Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon visits Preston

Posted on - 29th October, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Ban Ki-Moon during his lecture at the UCLan Preston campus Pic: UCLan

Preston saw a visit this week from the former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Ban Ki-Moon, who served as the eighth leader of the UN, delivered a sold-out speech to an audience of all ages at the University of Central Lancashire’s city campus.

The Kapuscinski Development Lecture, who led the UN from 2007 to 2016, saw the diplomat call for the next generation to play their role in building a resilient and sustainable future for the world.

Ban Ki-Moon with the Mayor of Preston Pic: UCLan

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He said: “I was very pleased to visit the very distinguished and historic University of Central Lancashire. It was a great pleasure to meet many university students and exchange views on our common future.

“While working as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I always emphasised the importance of empowering the youth, including students, who will soon become the leaders of our society.

“These young people will soon be responsible for all important agendas of our society, including climate change, sustainable development goals, poverty, education, gender equality and human rights.

“I was very happy to have an opportunity to discuss all these matters of our common concern which will soon be in their hands.”

The packed lecture theatre for the address by Ban Ki-Moon Pic: UCLan

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