Small states can contribute to global peace and security: UN chiefListen /
Despite their size, small states can contribute meaningfully to global peace and security, according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
Mr. Ban spoke at a Conference on Small States organized by the Forum of Small States at UN Headquarters on Monday.
He said that over the past twenty years the Forum has made many meaningful contributions to the international dialogue.
"Despite their size, small states can meaningfully contribute to global peace and development. They are well placed to serve as 'bridge-builders' and mediators. They also often help to magnify important issues that affect nations both big and small. Being small does not mean an absence of big ideas."
Mr. Ban also said that small developing states face special challenges with landlocked developing countries finding themselves marginalized from the world economy.