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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlines his expectations for the "crucially important" 64th session of the General Assembly, opening today. World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, are set to focus on climate change, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and other issues such as the Middle East during next week's high-level segment. UNTV / FILE
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STORY: UN / BAN KI-MOON
TRT: 3.05
SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

15 SEPTEMBER 2008, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, opening of the 64th session of the General Assembly
3. Wide shot, delegates observing a minute of silence during the opening of the 64th session of the General Assembly
4. Med shot, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki observing minute of silence
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The 64th session will be one of the most historic and crucially important sessions in the history of the United Nations, when we are still facing many global challenges like climate change, food crisis, pandemic crisis, and most importantly, international financial and economic crisis. These crises are affecting major goals of the United Nations.”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“I’m concerned that the negotiation has not produced any tangible result despite high level of expectation from international community. As Secretary-General, as a member of Quartet, I have been actively participating in Quartet as well as meeting with leaders in the region and beyond. I hope that the new US administration, President Obama and his team will be able to create a politically conducive atmosphere so that Israel and Palestinians they can live side by side in peace and security. This is our vision, and this is our commitment.”
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“This issue unfortunately has been dormant during last decade, longer than a decade. Now with heightened awareness of international community, I expect that the Security Council meeting to be chaired by President Obama of the United States will generate strong political momentum to address nuclear issues.”

FILE – 1 SEPTEMBER 2009, POLAR ICE RIM

8. Wide shot, NV Svalbard approaching the Artic Rim
9. Med shot, Ban drilling into the ice
10. Close up, Ban's drill entering the ice
11. Med shot, Ban holding a polar ice sample

15 SEPTEMBER 2008, NEW YORK CITY

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The climate change summit will be by far the largest summit ever in the history of this. We expect more than a hundred heads of state will participate. What we aim is that world leaders should play as global leaders in addressing this global challenge.”
13. Med shot, Ban Ki-moon talking with General Assembly President Treki after the opening meeting of the 64th session
14. Wide shot, delegates milling about in General Assembly Hall

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The 64th session of the UN General Assembly was formally opened today (15 September) by its new president, former Libyan foreign minister Ali Treki, before world leaders gather next week for the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment.

In an interview with UNTV, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out his expectations ahead of a week packed with summits and meetings on various thematic issues.

Almost 130 heads of state or government are expected in New York, including United States president Barack Obama who has taken the lead on a high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Ban predicted that the 64th session of the General Assembly would be “one of the most historic and crucially important sessions in the history of the United Nations”, considering a string of global challenges facing the international community: climate change, the food crisis, the H1N1 pandemic, and “most importantly”, the international financial and economic crisis.

Asked about the prospects for peace in the Middle East as the UN prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) with a high-level event next week, Ban said that as an active member of the Quartet, he was “concerned that the negotiation has not produced any tangible result”. He expressed hope that “US President Obama and his team will be able to create a politically conducive atmosphere so that Israel and Palestinians they can live side by side in peace and security.”

On nuclear disarmament, Ban said he welcomed the “heightened awareness” of the international community after the issue had lain “dormant” for more than a decade, and said he expected the high-level Security Council meeting on 24 September under the chairmanship of US President Obama to “generate strong political momentum to address nuclear issues.”

Recalling his recent trip to the polar ice rim to see for himself the effects of global warming on the Arctic region, the Secretary-General said he had high hopes for a high-level event on climate change scheduled for 22 September.

Ban pointed out that with more than a hundred heads of state expected, including US President Obama, the summit will be “by far the largest summit ever in the history of this”. He hoped that those attending would live up to their role as “global leaders” in addressing the global challenge of climate change.

Next week’s high-level events will kick off with the summit on climate change on Monday, 22 September. The General Debate, during which world leaders will address the plenary, takes place from 23-30 September.

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