United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Nanjing, China

16 Aug 2014

imageThe Secretary-General meeting with H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, on the sidelines of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games currently being held in Nanjing.

The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to China for its strong partnership with the United Nations and its contributions to every area of the organization’s work for the promotion of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.

The Secretary-General and the President discussed a wide variety of international issues encompassing the situations in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and the Middle East, (including Gaza); as well as Northeast Asia, including the Korean Peninsula. In addition, they also discussed the Ebola outbreak.

The Secretary-General also commended China’s growing role in addressing pressing global issues such as climate change and shaping the future development agenda.

The Secretary-General met with the I.O.C. President Mr. Thomas Bach. Following on these meetings, the Secretary-General attended an event at Nanjing University, held jointly by UN China and the All-China Youth Federation during which he urged young people to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.

The Secretary-General also joined a social media discussion on Tencent.com about the potential of young people and the power of sport for development.

The Secretary-General attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.

This was his second visit to Nanjing and eighth visit to China.