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It has been a decade of progress and setbacks alike.

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change and the establishment of [the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women] UN-Women have been among the high points.

The United Nations will be there to help implement the agreement and will give the people of Colombia our full support as they chart a new path for the country.

This achievement shows what is possible through patient and painstaking diplomacy.

The inability to resolve several protracted conflicts has been a source of tremendous pain.

On a more personal level, I am saddened that soon I will no longer serve side-by-side with the dedicated staff of the United Nations. At the same time, I intend to make the most of every minute of the months ahead, right through the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

I welcome the reinstatement of the Cessation of Hostilities following the understanding reached between the Russian Federation and the United States.

The United Nations is positioned to utilize this crucial opportunity to immediately deliver vital humanitarian assistance to Aleppo and other besieged and hard-to-reach locations throughout Syria.

More countries must resettle more people who have been forced from their homes.

More countries must recognize the benefits of migration.

And everyone, everywhere, must stand up against the animosity that so many refugees, migrants and minority communities face.

Following is a transcript of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s press conference, held in New York today: Ladies and gentlemen of UNCA [United Nations Correspondents Association], good afternoon.

It is a great pleasure to be with you today as we are getting ready to welcome world leaders for the opening of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly.

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