UN chief urges leaders to act responsibly to stop conflicts

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Leaders around the word have been urged to act responsibly to stop conflicts and to contribute to the resolution of global problems.

The call was made on Friday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the General Assembly on challenges facing the United Nations.

He touched on a number of issues, including ongoing conflicts in Syria and South Sudan.

Mr. Ban reminded Member States that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

He said global revulsion at what he called a "senseless cataclysm led to the establishment of the League of Nations and, eventually, the United Nations."

"The United Nations is a unique platform that helps us all rise above human failings, that encourages wise and visionary leadership, and that enables us to take advantage of the opportunities provided by a new global landscape. But I remain gravely concerned at the immoral and irresponsible actions of too many individuals with influence and responsibility. The conflicts I spoke of today are devastating countries endowed with natural wealth, productive citizens, proud histories and every chance at peace and prosperity." (35")

Mr. Ban said leaders in these countries "must now act on their historical duty to reach this potential for the sake of their people and our world."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’34″

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