US university students urged to "inch the world closer to social justice"

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The UN Secretary-General gives the Commencement Address at Georgetown University UN Photo/Mark Garten

Students graduating at Georgetown University in Washington DC in the US have been told by the UN Secretary-General it is their responsibility to "inch the world closer to social justice."

Ban Ki-moon made the appeal in his Commencement Address at the university's School of Foreign Service, where he was awarded and honorary degree.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

Ban Ki-moon told students that during his tenure as Secretary-General he had seen too many leaders "turn a deaf ear to the voices and dreams of their people."

He said it was as though they ruled with noise cancelling headphones.

He added that he has frequently urged leaders across the world to listen carefully and sincerely to the aspirations of their citizens.

But, he said, many people were  "increasingly reluctant to hear dissonant voices."

And he added that listening "with open minds" was just as important for average citizens. 

The Secretary-General told the class of 2015 that as leaders of the future they have the responsibility and privilege to "inch the world closer to social justice."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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