Forces that divide no match for friendship

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Portrait of friends at a textile store in Gao, Mali. UN File Photo/Marco Dormino

Confronting the causes of poverty and other global challenges must be done through promoting "a shared spirit of human solidarity," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.

The suggestion is part of his message for the International Day of Friendship, observed this Saturday, 30 July.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Ban said major problems such as poverty, violence and human rights abuses stem from a lack of respect for fundamental values developed over millennia.

They betray human heritage and put our future well-being in peril, he added.

But "forces of division" which work to undermine peace, security and social harmony are no match for friendship, according to the Secretary-General.

He described friendship as "a joy in itself" which can contribute to the fundamental shifts needed to achieve lasting stability.

As understanding and awareness grow, people can build compassion and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good, he said.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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