On Wednesday the 24th of September 2014, Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, addressed pressures that are rising within the Middle East and around the world at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. Ban Ki Moon, a respected official in the United Nations, stated that the world is entering into a crisis due to an Arab Spring that has gone horribly wrong and that Cold War-style rivalries are springing up which are threatening the lives of the innocent. As more and more people are being killed by the infamous ISIS and the deadly Ebola disease, the call for the 69th session of the UN General Assembly is perfectly timed. The assembly is meant to create a plan for the next 15 years in the future which deals with the primary problems in the world including climate change, Ebola outbreaks, and post-2015 development efforts. At the conference sits 193 UN member states along with observing states and a delegate for the European Union who are meant to discuss the primary issues of the world at their annual conference that ends on September 30th.
In the opening statements that began the conference, the president of the General Assembly said their goal for this conference was to improve the livelihoods of people around the world who were suffering from a worsening state of affairs due to unprecedented thwarts to their security and safety; for example, ISIS and Ebola. On the contrary, many efforts have been taken in order to improve the livelihoods of most people. The United Nations has accomplished quite a lot on their Millennium Development Goals like lowering poverty rates, bringing better access to drinking water, and achieving gender equality in primary schools. However, the problems of deadly diseases, rampant terrorism, poor infrastructure, and child labor are still quite prevalent. This conference hopes to restore a sense of order to what countries must participate in to bring about a better world for everyone.
The topics that will be discussed at the annual meeting will include: terrorist organizations in and around the Middle East and Africa, human rights and refugee services, climate change- which is receiving the greatest amount of attention than ever before, inequality and instability in Asia, Ukraine, and Africa, and many more issues that are of paramount importance.
No matter the instability and the crises that are occurring in these countries today, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon states that “leadership is precisely about finding the seeds of hope and nurturing them into something bigger.” The world has not entered an irreversible state, and it is now up to the leaders of the world who are attending the conference at the United Nations to resolve the issues and bring about peace to a world that is slowly being corrupted.