UN will press ahead on global challenges: Ban

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Lasting solutions to global problems no longer lie in the hands of governments alone, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Tuesday.

He said the United Nations of the 21st century must think in terms of networks and coalitions.

The Secretary-General said the Organization will press ahead in 2013 on the paramount challenge of sustainable development, noting that in September there will be a special event on the Millennium Development Goals to assess progress and discuss the contours of a practical and coherent post-2015 development framework.

2013 will be a critical year for the Middle East Peace process.

“ As illegal settlement activity continues and Israelis and Palestinians remain polarized, five key priorities stand out: we must renew collective international engagement; we must resume meaningful negotiations; we must preserve stability in Gaza; we must make progress on Palestinian reconciliation, and we must prevent the financial collapse of the Palestinian Authority. Concerted action is essential if we are to salvage the two-state solution.”

Secretary-General Ban said there's a need to do more to advance the Responsibility to Protect in the face of grave crimes and incitement – and avoid un-doing the great progress we have made. He said that in both Syria and Mali, the United Nations must do everything it can to keep those conflicts from generating reprisal killings that escalate into widespread ethnic and sectarian warfare and even genocidal activities.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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