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Terrorism, nukes top General Assembly agenda

world Updated: Sep 23, 2009 21:37 IST

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is challenging the world's nations to unite to free the world of nuclear weapons and tackle the growing poverty resulting from the global financial crisis.

The UN chief is also urging presidents, prime ministers and diplomats from the UN's 192 member states to overcome differences and reach an agreement to address the threat of catastrophic climate change.

Ban spoke at Wednesday's opening of the annual ministerial meeting of the UN General Assembly and was to be followed by US President Barack Obama, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and other world leaders. More than 120 presidents, prime ministers and monarchs are attending this year's 64th session of the world body.