Date
12 December 2017
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the world is "living in an era of unprecedented level of crises". Photo: AFP
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the world is "living in an era of unprecedented level of crises". Photo: AFP

World leaders to gather in New York amid growing crises

World leaders will gather in New York on Wednesday for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at a time when the world faces a host of festering security threats.

Speaking at a news conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that the world is “living in an era of unprecedented level of crises”.

On top of the agenda would be the violence and destruction coming from Islamic State extremists, who continue to widen their control in Iraq and Syria.

“Together, we will address the horrendous violence in Syria and Iraq, where conflict and governance failures have provided a breeding ground for extremist groups,” Ban said.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is also a top issue. World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan told the Security Council last week that the crisis is “likely the greatest peacetime challenge” the UN has ever faced.

The assembly will also have to address both new and old conflicts, the Guardian reported. While much of the Gaza Strip lies in ruins, there are no efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks, according to the newspaper.

The crisis in Ukraine, meanwhile, has brought down relations between Russia and the West to levels not seen since the Cold War. “Russia’s annexation of Crimea represented a direct challenge by a permanent member of the security council to core UN principles underpinning international security,” the report said.

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