Global future being built in Asia, says Ban Ki-moon

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The global future is being built in Asia and the continent is on the rise, according to the United Nations Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was in China on Wednesday, delivering a speech at the Fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

This two-day summit is taking place in Shanghai, drawing a dozen world leaders and 10 chiefs of international organizations.

Despite Mr Ban's optimism on the future of the continent, he cautioned leaders that Asia is also the scene of what he described as the "most worrying tensions in the world today."

He said dangers include growing inequalities, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and transnational threats such as terrorism and human trafficking.

All these challenges, he noted, place at risk common goals of prosperity, stability and dignity for all.

The Secretary-General ended his remarks with what he called "Chinese wisdom", reminding the world that a small hole not mended in time will become a big hole and much more difficult to mend.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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