Ban Ki-moon is the first sitting secretary-general of the United Nations to visit Iowa. / BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER
Young Americans should look beyond the United States to become citizens of the world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Drake University students Friday morning.
“My message to you: See the world, serve the world, be a global and shape the world we want,” Ban said in a presentation on international affairs.
Ban is the first sitting secretary-general of the United Nations to visit Iowa, he said. He came to Des Moines to address World Food Prize attendees Thursday night.
In the audience in Old Main’s Sheslow Auditorium were Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Stephen Rapp, another Iowan.