On UN Day Ban Ki-moon reaffirms pledge to tackle global problems

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A view of the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York as seen from the north of the UN site.

The world needs greater cooperation to tackle global problems, says UN Secretary-General in his message on UN Day.

The day is observed each year on 24 October on the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter which officially brought the United Nations into being.

Mr. Ban says the UN is not just a meeting place for diplomats but people on the ground helping to keep peace, distributing medicines, providing relief aid to refugees or helping to deliver justice.

"This year, at a time of turmoil and global transition, we reaffirm our pledge to the peoples of the world to stop the wars, to work for justice, to address silent crises like hatred, hunger, disease and environmental degradation. People and problems cry out for sustainable solutions. The world needs greater global cooperation. We can forge this at the UN."

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The Secretary-General said the United Nations can only succeed with the support of its partners, including non-governmental organizations, CEOs, scientists and scholars as well as philanthropists and community leaders.

UN Day is also being observed with a concert in the General Assembly Hall featuring UN Messenger of Peace, Stevie Wonder performing with special guests.

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