Global unity urged to tackle poverty, displacement and terrorism

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Members of the Indian contingent of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC). UN Photo/Marie Frechon

World leaders have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to work together to face global challenges, including terrorism, poverty and the displacement of people.

Ban Ki-moon made the appeal during his keynote address to the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi on Monday.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in an era of test and challenge. Billions of people struggle in poverty – including some 500 million in India. Globally, there are more displaced people than at any time since the end of the Second World War II. Terrorist networks spread fear and instability across continents." (26")

Mr. Ban commended India for what he described as its "generous" contribution to UN peacekeeping operations.

He noted that more than 8,000 Indian peacekeepers serve in UN operations.

158 of them have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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