UN chief looks back at "big year" for world body in 2010

15:42, December 19, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during his year-end press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, Dec. 17,2010. Ban Ki-moon told reporters here Friday that the past year has brought many challenges and accomplishments for the UN and that the international organization has hard work ahead of it in 2011. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters here Friday that the past year has brought many challenges and accomplishments for the UN and that the international organization has hard work ahead of it in 2011.

"2010 was a big year for multilateralism, a big year for the United Nations," he said.

Ban's statement came at his year-end press conference, which covered a range of issues, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

One area in which Ban said he believed much was accomplished this year was in global development. He praised the new action plan that representatives from all over the world approved during the September high-level summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs are eight international development targets due to be completed by 2015.

The secretary-general said that significant progress was made on an important aspect of the MDGs, ensuring the health of vulnerable women and children in the developing world through a new strategy released this year.

"We mobilized 40 billion U.S. dollars for the new Global Strategy on Women's and Children's Health," he said. "And we just established a high-level Commission on accountability to ensure that commitments are tracked and results delivered."


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