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17 Dec 2014
The year 2015 must be a time for global action, according to the UN Secretary-General.
Ban Ki-moon was speaking at his year-end press conference, highlighting several imperatives for the organization in 2015.
He said the world must keep ambition high to forge a new development agenda and secure a climate agreement.
The UN Chief said 2015 must also be the year in which the international community ends what he called “the nightmare in Syria”, and averts the escalation of other worrying situations.
“In my travels this year, I have seen so much suffering, from Bangui to Gaza to the Dadaab refugee camp. I have met so many people who are struggling to build better lives for themselves and their families. As we mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations next year, we have a duty to answer the call of the people across the world for shared prosperity and a sustainable future for all.” (29″)
Mr Ban added that in 2014 the UN mobilized its first-ever system-wide emergency health mission to fight the Ebola outbreak.
He said he wants to see the response for himself, and is therefore leaving on Wednesday to visit the four countries affected by the disease in West Africa.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.