Ban receives 2012 Sina Award of Special Merit; counts on China and its people to advance UN campaign for progressListen /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received the 2012 Sina Award of Special Merit.
In a video message to the ceremony, the Secretary-General said he accepted the award on behalf of all United Nations staff members, especially the team in the Department of Public Information.
He says thanks to their hard work, the United Nations Weibo account has more than 3 million followers.
"People in China and around the world care about the UN's work for peace, human rights and development. I am grateful for their engagement. We can only reach our goals with all partners. We need governments, non-governmental organizations and concerned citizens to speak out about global problems – and work together for solutions. Social media networks like Sina Weibo are helping individuals to raise their voices. This helps us foster dialogue and forge common ground." (Duration:
Secretary-General Ban said he saw this in person during his online dialogue with Chinese citizens on Weibo last July, during which they asked questions about peacekeeping, human rights, political issues and more.
He says he's counting on China and its people to advance the UN campaign for progress.