Ban Ki-moon on Partnerships to Protect the Environment
November 3, 2009
Together, we must unite to face a momentous global challenge – minimizing dangerous climate change and making peace with the planet. I have long believed that when governments and civil society work toward a common goal, transformational change is possible. Faiths and religions are a central part of that equation. Indeed, the world's faith communities occupy a unique position in discussions on the fate of our planet and the accelerating impacts of climate change. As a secular organization, the United Nations has no common religion. But, like all the major faiths, we too work on behalf of the disadvantaged and the vulnerable. We share the same ethical foundation: a belief in the inherent dignity of all individuals. That is why we work in partnership with governments, corporations, civil society and faith-based groups.