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"Our doors are always open to the children of our world", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a group of children Monday as the UN Visitors Services launched new tours tailored specifically to children.
The Secretary-General told the youngsters "the United Nations exists for you, and you can come here any time and be a part of what we do".
"We are working for peace, and prosperity and human rights particularly for girls and women all around the world. We are working very hard to reduce the nuclear weapons. We are working very hard to control illegal armaments, the guns which have been killing many people around the world. These are what you have to learn and these are what you will have to do yourself soon."
Secretary-General Ban told them that as young citizens of our planet, it was his hope that what they learnt on their adventure at the United Nations would inspire them to help us to improve the lives of millions of people around the world as they-the young people- grew up.
The idea of a children's tour grew out of wanting to improve the tour experience for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Making the tours more attractive for children would not only lead to a better experience for them, their parents or teachers during the tours, it would also make it easier for the guides giving the tour, and of course – help the kids learn and understand more about the UN.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.