The UN General Assembly opened its 65th annual session on Thursday with a long list of issues to be discussed and solutions to be found, ranging from climate change to economic difficulties.
The session followed three days of debate on solving social problems worldwide under the UN scheme known as Millennium Development Goals.
In opening the session, assembly president Joseph Deiss, the former president of the Swiss Federation, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a global partnership in which all stakeholders can make themselves heard.
Deiss listed issues of poverty, conflicts, global warming, the economic and financial crisis, migration, pandemics, terrorism, international crime and a whole range of other issues.
"Those issues have consequences that cannot be managed at an individual level and that humankind can address only through common global strategies," Deiss said.