Tuesday, 24 September 2013

U.N, Ban ki Moon Urges World Leaders To Act To The Demand Of Their People

As President Jonathan being the first African president to address the U.N at the 68th session of the
U.N General assembly. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has urged Heads of State and Government to respond to the demands of their people for human dignity and sustainable development.

Declaring open the UN General Assembly 68th session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, he said “leadership makes the difference to hear the call of history and through hard work, commitment and integrity. ’’

“We come together not to preserve the status quo, but to drive our world forward,” Ban said.
He challenged member states to take bold steps and work together to tackle a host of concerns from crafting a post-2015 sustainability agenda to agreeing on a new climate change regime and bringing parties in Syria to the negotiating table to end nearly three years of bloodshed.

“In the streets and squares across the world, people are pressing those in power. They want you, the world’s leaders, to listen.

“Young people are without jobs; the world’s climate is warming; and scattered conflicts remained unresolved.
“Events are moving with 21st century speed often outpacing the efforts of institutions and systems built for another
age,” he added, stressing that for more than a decade, the end of the year 2015 had been on the horizon.
“What once seemed a distant moment is now just around the corner. It is the year by which the world has pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and in which the international community will adopt a new development agenda.
“It is also the year in which stakeholders have agreed to complete a global legal agreement on climate change. 2015 is a historic opportunity that the MDGs captured the imagination, generated remarkable gains and beat back doubts

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