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
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
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.