Declaring that “leadership makes the difference,” United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged heads of State and Government gathered in New York to “hear the call of history” and, through hard work, commitment and integrity, answer the just demands of their people for human dignity and sustainable development.
“We come together not to preserve the status quo, but to drive our world forward,” said Mr. Ban, delivering his annual report on the work of the Organization and challenging Member States to take bold steps and work together to tackle a host of concerns – from crafting a post-2015 sustainability agenda, to agreeing on a new climate change regime and bringing parties in Syria to the negotiating table to end nearly three years of bloodshed.
“In the streets and squares across the world, people are pressing those in power. They want you, the world’s leaders, to listen. They want to know that we are doing all it takes to secure a life of dignity for all,” said the UN chief, ahead of the General Debate of the General Assembly’s 68th session.
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