Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UN Chief Outlines Eight Priorities For 2011

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined eight priorities for the year 2011 in 192-member UN General Assembly, held on January 14. The eight priorities include, Sustainable and inclusive development in face of global recession; Climate control thorugh reduction of greenhouse gas emission, forest protection and climate adaptation; Women empowerment and gender equality; Ensuring democracy especially in Cote d"Ivoire and Sudan; Advancing human rights; Improving responses to humanitarian crises; Maintaining disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation; and Strengthening UN from within by making it more flexible and modern to be able to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The UN Chief advised the member states to take gradual steps to achieve these goals and emphasized on the role of UN in supervising their efforts. According to him, the world will benefit more from a UN that is more transparent, accountable, efficient, mobile and effective.

-Nisha Noor