Sep 24, 2014 9:18 AM

UN chief urges hope in world seeming to fall apart

The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says it may seem that the world is falling apart as crises pile up, disease spreads, Cold War ghosts return, and so much of the Arab spring has gone violently wrong.

But the U.N. chief told world leaders at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly's ministerial meeting on Wednesday that leadership is about finding "the seeds of hope" in the turmoil and despair and nurturing them.

"That is our duty," Ban said. "That is my call to you today."

The secretary-general painted a grim picture of a world witnessing "unspeakable acts and the deaths of innocents," diplomacy undermined by those who believe in violence, and diversity under fire by extremists who insist their way is the only way.


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