ÜRO peasekretär Ban Ki-mooni kõne Robotexil
U N I T E D N A T I O N S N A T I O N S U N I E S
Tallinn, 16 November 2013
Mr. Andres Keevallik, Rector of Tallinn University of Technology,
Distinguished organizers and participants,
I am excited to be here at the Robotex 2013 Technology Exhibition and Robotics Competition.
You are the pioneers of the future.
To some, what you are doing here may look like play.
But it is serious important work.
I commend your commitment to encouraging young people from around the world to embrace science as a vocation.
Later this morning I will deliver a public lecture on the theme of technology and sustainable development.
I will tell the audience that it is time to harness the power of science for the greater good everywhere.
We have to develop sustainable solutions to tackle global challenges.
We need technology and innovation to reduce poverty and hunger and to fight disease.
We need it for sustainable cities and to provide clean energy for all.
We need it for good governance, combating climate change and protecting the environment.
Some of the inventions we need are hi-tech.
Others can be simple, low-cost and effective.
But what is most important is that we transfer appropriate technologies to where they are most needed.
If we are to follow the path to a sustainable future we have to close the technology gap.
Too much of the world remains cut off from scientific advances.
We have to bridge the digital divide.
And we have to provide science education to all students, especially girls.
That way we can raise a new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
I grew up poor in a country devastated by war.
But my country placed great emphasis on education.
Now we are members of the G20.
Some of Korean companies are household names and the country is helping to steer the world towards low-carbon growth.
Estonia is also setting examples – from Internet freedom to e-governance.
Skype is helping to link people worldwide.
These are the tools we need for a brighter tomorrow.
My own experience and the invention and enthusiasm I see here today give me hope for the future.
I commend the work you are showcasing here.
The last time I kicked a football was at Real Madrid earlier this year.
I wanted to raise awareness about the countdown to the Millennium Development Goals.
This was the promise made by world leaders at the turn of the century to drastically reduce poverty and improve the well-being of people and the planet.
I wish I had a footballing robot with me then.
It would have sent an important message – that the path to a sustainable future will depend on creativity and invention.
Thank you for showing me your ideas and sharing your enthusiasm.
I will leave here inspired and confident that the future we want lies in our grasp.