UN Secretary General visits CERN

UN Secretary General praises CERN in recent visit.

Ban Ki-moon, Robert Aymar, CERN Director-General, and Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva at the CMS site.

On Sunday 31 August, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, made an important visit to CERN. Arriving in the late afternoon, he was warmly greeted at Point 5 by Robert Aymar, the Director-General, and the Sous-préfet of Gex, Olivier Laurens-Bernard.

Accompanied by a UN delegation, Ban Ki-moon was also introduced to Jos Engelen, the Chief Scientific Officer, and Jim Virdee, the CMS spokesperson. He then took the opportunity to visit CMS and the machine tunnel.

At the end of his short trip, Ban Ki-moon signed the Guest Book in the tradition of important dignitaries visiting CERN.

Expressing his admiration for CERN’s spirit of collaboration, Ban Ki-moon said, "I am very honored to visit CERN, an invaluable scientific institution and a shining example of what an international community can achieve through joint efforts and contributions. I convey my deepest admiration to all the scientists and wish them even success for their research for the peaceful development of scientific progress"