Ban Ki-moon’s message to Third Baku International Humanitarian Forum says broad cooperation essential
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 31/Trend, S.Ahmadova/
The UN Secretary General has sent a message to delegates at the Third Baku International Humanitarian Forum.
The UN Secretary General's message to delegates was read out by acting UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, Dag Sigurdson.
Ban Ki-moon said in his message: "I am pleased to send greeting to all participants of the Third Baku International Humanitarian Forum and thank the government of Azerbaijan for hosting it".
The Secretary General said that solving problems in an over globalising world demands broad cooperation beyond borders and across cultures.
According to Ban Ki-moon, this is an era of tremendous opportunity. Citizens can make enormous contribution to our shaping progress if governments respect rights and empower individuals and especially women and youth.
The Secretary General said: "The international community is stepping up efforts to fight poverty and achieve millennium development goals by 2050. That same year we also hope to conclude a global agreement on climate change and adopt the universal vision for development beyond 2050 with poverty eradication as its core and sustainability as its guiding principle".
Ban Ki-moon stated that the UN is working to provide humanitarian relief to Syria while pushing for a comprehensive political agreement that reflects the will of the Syrian people.
According to the Secretary General, the United Nations and the Organisation of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are making progress in eliminating the country's chemical weapons programme.
Ban Ki-moon stressed that the number of people forced to flee their homes has almost doubled since September.
"The United Nations is providing assistance and appealing for the end of the violence. We need the support of the international community in these efforts," he said.