UN General Assembly opens with calls for multilateral action
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The 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly opened Tuesday.
A number of high-level events will be held on the sidelines of the current session.
The 62nd session's general debate is to be held from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.

Photo taken on September 18, 2007 shows the first plenary meeting of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly 
      
 
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 UN headquarters in New York, the United States. The 62nd session of the UN General Assembly opened on Tuesday.

Photo taken on Sept. 18, 2007 shows the first plenary meeting of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States. The 62nd session of the UN General Assembly opened on Tuesday. (Xinhua Photo/Hou Jun)
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    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly opened here Tuesday amid calls for multilateral solutions to global challenges.

    Srgjan Kerim, president of the General Assembly, said climate change, financing for development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, countering terrorism, and reforms aimed at improving the management, effectiveness and coherence of the world body are among the top priorities during the session.

    "More than ever before, global challenges demand multilateral solutions," Kerim said in his opening remarks. "The United Nations is the appropriate multilateral forum to take action. This is why the revitalization of this General Assembly deserves our highest attention."

    A number of high-level events will be held on the sidelines of the current session of the general assembly on such issues as climate change, Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, and the Middle East.

    "The General Assembly must take the initiative and strengthen its central position in the multilateral system," Kerim said. "We must forge a lasting consensus -- a global alliance for action -- by bringing together member states, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and civil society."

    He said by working together, the international community can also help overcome the underlying misunderstanding between cultures and religions that is "at the core of many of today's problems."

    Kerim called for courage and "bold compromises" to address the many challenges facing the world.

    "If we want the United Nations to play its full role, we will have to do more and do it more effectively -- both operationally at the country level, and management at headquarters," he said.

    Earlier Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed hope at a press conference that world leaders attending the session would "bring with them a renewed interest in multilateral resolution to challenges facing the world."

    The 62nd session's general debate, during which heads of state or government express their opinions, is to be held from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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