This is a crucial period for global cooperation: Ban

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Ban Ki-moon

This is a crucial period for global cooperation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters ahead of Tuesday afternoon's opening of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

The Secretary-General stressed that Syria is the biggest peace, security and humanitarian challenge we face.

Let us be clear: the use of chemical weapons in Syria is only the tip of the iceberg. The suffering in Syria must end. Next week, as world leaders gather here, I will make a strong appeal to Member States for action now. Many other issues on our agenda also merit urgent attention – not only other conflicts but also important questions of sustainable development, health, hunger and climate change. Over the coming days, we will put a spotlight on these as well.” (37″)

Secretary-General Ban says in his speech to the Assembly, he will call on world leaders to uphold their political and moral responsibilities to serve, to listen, to invest, to respond to the rising and justifiable demands of people across the world for lives of freedom and prosperity.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’11″

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