Invest in women and children, says Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called upon to invest in women and children and identified it as “the most powerful way of global progress”.

He was speaking in the event “The Future We Want” organised on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the United Nations. He lamented that despite the progress, India has highest number of deaths of children.

He also acknowledged initiatives taken by the central government for improving the conditions of health and education among children.

Outlining the future the United Nations is seeking for the world, Moon wanted a world with equity for all. He called for basic rights and same entitlements to all, including transgender and homosexuals.

Moon recalled his associations with India and started his speech with “namaste” and recalled how, 42 years ago, he learnt a little bit of Hindi. “Main thoda-thoda Hindi Bolta hoon. Bharat Aakar khush Hua (I speak a little bit of Hindi. I am happy to be in India),” the UN Secretary General said.

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