Ban asks Chinese students what kind of world they want

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) is welcomed by Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), in Shanghai.
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Students in Shanghai have been asked by the UN Secretary-General what kind of world they want to live in.

On Thursday, Ban Ki-moon wrapped up his seventh official visit to China with a speech at Fudan University.

He highlighted the importance of partnership between the UN and China, as well as the organization's efforts to understand the real needs of the world.

People expect that China play a much greater global role. That's my main message to you today, to you young students. As we look together to the future, the United Nations is leading a global conversation focused on a key question: What kind of a world do you want? (0'20")

Ban Ki-moon noted that since last year, the UN has surveyed people across the world, reaching out to 2.5 million through an online platform called "My World".

He said the organization wants to know what issues matter to communities the most, which will guide the future development agenda.

Mr Ban said the top priorities were access to education, jobs, and health care.

Ban Ki-moon also offered advice to the students.

He said that to be successful, balance is needed between ideals and reality.

For this, he said the students can keep their heads above the clouds, as long as they keep their two feet on the ground.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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