Solar-powered plane pilots way to a more sustainable world

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with Solar Impulse pilot Captain Bertrand Piccard (on screen) via Skype video chat. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The airplane that is circling the globe powered by clean technology and solar energy is piloting the journey to a sustainable world, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday

Ban Ki-moon was speaking during a video call on Monday with one of the pilots of the Solar Impulse, Dr Bertrand Piccard.

The Swiss explorer is a Goodwill Ambassador with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The conversation was broadcast on Facebook live.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Solar Impulse is on the tail end of a whirlwind journey around the world.

 The UN chief spoke to Captain Piccard when the airplane was just hours away from its final destination, Abu Dhabi.

 Mr Ban described it as "a very historic day."

 "You may be ending your journey, but the journey to a sustainable world is just beginning. You are helping pilot us to that future through your vision, your determination, your courage, and your inspiration and also your great example. Now you have been flying more than 40,000 kilometres without fuel, but I know that you have much energy, much energy. Thank you for spreading this message of sustainability around the world."

 Captain Piccard and André Borschberg, the other Solar Impulse project founder and pilot, have taken turns flying the plane on its numerous legs between cities.

The journey brought them to New York in June.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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