United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon’s lists inclusive, sustainable development as a priority for the global body in 2011 as the world continues to grapple with economic hardship and uncertainty.
“People are worried about their jobs, their security, their children”s future,” he told the General Assembly on Jan. 14.
Ban also listed climate change as one of his eight priorities this year, noting advances in last year’s Cancun climate summit.
“Take any issue – climate change, development, peace and security: when women are part of the vision, the world sees better results,” Ban said of his third strategic goal: women’s empowerment.
Promoting security constitutes Ban’s fourth priority, as he mentioned U.N. efforts to promote democratic governance in Cote d”Ivoire and facilitate the referendum on Southern Sudan’s independence.
Ban’s fifth and sixth priorities deal with promoting human rights and improving humanitarian responses to disasters, while disarmament and nuclear nonproliferation cover his seventh priority.
Finally, Ban pledged that the reform the United Nations will be his eighth priority.
“All of us will benefit from a United Nations that is ever more transparent, more accountable, more efficient, effective, and mobile,” he said.