Message from the Secretary-General His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon to the Global Classrooms : LAU MUN Conference 
Beirut , Lebanon 3-4 May 2008

This year provides a unique oppurtunity to enhance the central role of the United Nations in world affairs. A number of developments align to make this so : the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ; the midpoint in the work to reach the Millenium Development Goals and the high-level meeting on financing for development ; the climate change negogiations ; the unprecedented peacekeeping operation in Darfur.

As the vast international agenda expands the possibilities for collective action by States and people , it also calls on us to strengthen the capacity of the Organiza