UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that the upcoming annual high-level UN debate “reflects the tumultuous time” of today’s world, with the deteriorating situation in Syria to be “foremost in our minds.”
Ban made the statement at a press conference to brief reporters on the General Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, which is to open on Sept. 25 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
“This year’s General Debate will be among our busiest ever,” Ban said. “This reflects the tumultuous time in which we live — a time of turmoil and transition.”
“As of today, we expect 123 heads of state and government level, or high-level delegations, foreign ministers or deputy prime ministers, who will take part in the General Debate,” he said.