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    UNIS/SGSM/678
    19 October 2015

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

    Press Remarks at City Hall

    Levoca, Slovakia, 18 October 2015

    VIENNA/LEVOCA, 18 October (United Nations Information Service) - I am honoured and pleased to visit this historic city of Levoca, and I'd like to thank you for all your efforts to preserve this historical culture and heritage, and civilization and proud history of your country. That is why UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] has designated this historic city, Levoca, as world cultural heritage site.

    I am deeply impressed already while entering this city where you have so many historical buildings, properties and assets. These may belong to your citizens and city but I believe that these are common heritage of humanity. Therefore, it would be very important to preserve all these cultural heritage and assets, and your proud history.

    Although my visit is very brief, while coming to this city, I am very much inspired by such a stunning beauty and history. I hope this will continue to inspire the many people who visit this city.

    Taking this opportunity I'd like to stress the importance of the role of the local community, particularly mayors and governors, and the importance of living harmoniously and in a sustainable way.

    As you know, all world leaders, including [Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak] of Slovakia, came to the United Nations three weeks ago and adopted the very visionary Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for humanity.

    Mr. Mayor, I hope you will "own" these Sustainable Development Goals as your city's Sustainable Development Goals and implement them. It is important to take all necessary measures to address climate change, which may affect your own city and country.

    Thank you for your hospitality. I wish you continued prosperity for this city. Working together with the United Nations, let's work together to make this world and your country better for all.

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