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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has outlined the United Nations priorities for 2013.
He told the General Assembly's 193 member States that this year, they were meeting amid tremendous turmoil and uncertainty.
He explained that from armed conflict in Africa and the Middle East, to economic and environmental distress across the globe, the United Nations Organization was being tested every minute of every day.
Secretary-General Ban recalled that a year ago, he identified five areas where needs are greatest and where collective action can make the greatest difference: sustainable development; prevention; supporting nations in transition; building a more secure world; and empowering women and young people.
"These imperatives — these generational opportunities — flow naturally from the eight priorities the General Assembly has set for the United Nations: sustainable development, peace and security, human rights, humanitarian assistance, disarmament, justice, the development of Africa, drug control, crime prevention and combating terrorism."
Secretary-General Ban expressed his "fervent hope — and our common urgent need — is that we can stop moving from crisis to crisis, from symptom to symptom, and instead address the underlying causes and inter-relationships, and recognize the flaws in many of our approaches.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.