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Compassion of H.H. the Amir remarkable: Ban Ki Moon
October 14, 2017, 4:44 pm

Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised the compassion of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, as unprecedented among world leaders. “I have met so many leaders during my tenure as Secretary-General of United Nations who have a passion for leadership, but His Highness the Amir’s compassion is unparalleled and exemplary,” he pointed out.

Elaborating on this, he added that during his tenure the number of refugees grew from 11 million to 65 million and the UN had appealed for contribution from all its member states. “Kuwait, a small country, rose to the occasion under the leadership of His Highness the Amir in contributing to the needy and helpless. This is among the many reasons that a special award as humanitarian leader of the world was given to His Highness the Amir,” said the former top UN representative.

Ban Ki-moon, who visited Kuwait last week to deliver his first lecture after relinquishing his role as the UN Secretary-General, spoke at the Sheikh Saud Al Nasser Diplomatic Institute. Addressing young Kuwaiti and senior foreign ambassadors in the country on the topic of ‘Leadership of Kuwait in a changing World’, Mr.Ban praised the Kuwaiti leadership for their role in mediating the political and diplomatic crises among GCC countries. He referred to the mutual respect and non-interference which were among the cornerstones of Kuwait foreign policy and he strongly supported the Kuwaiti efforts and leadership on this subject.

He also brought up the subject of North Korea in his address, where he explained the current status and the provocations taking place. He commended Kuwait’s decision to downsize the North Korean mission and also reduce the number of North Korean workers in the country. He added that by 2019 there would be no North Korean workers in the country and that this showed a firm resolution by the leadership to demonstrate their commitment to UN resolutions, especially since Kuwait was poised to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN Security-Council next year.

Interestingly, touching on the subject of what the future would look like for humanity, the former Secretary-General pointed out that humanity was on the cusp of entering the 4th Industrial Revolution and Artificial Intelligence was increasingly taking over roles from humans; this, he said, was of grave concern.

Ban Ki-moon, who is also credited with making the Paris climate agreement possible, said that climate change was one of the many causes he worked hard to make it happen; other causes included education and eradication of conflict.

Saying that the world was going through immense suffering from conflicts that were mostly created by people, Mr. Ban said that leaders were responsible for this, because they showed a lack of leadership and sincerity.

He concluded by saying that he was confident Kuwait and all neighboring leaders would exercise their leadership to make the world a better place than it was now. He said Kuwaitis were known to open their heart before opening their house and that it was very important to work together for lasting solutions.

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