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"The greatest test our human family faces in the 21st century"

Alexis Demachy - Je suis Charlie / Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

9 January 2015 – "In far too many places, we have seen acts of extremism, unspeakable brutality and a deeply worrying escalation of tensions between communities and within societies. Addressing this discord in a manner that solves, rather than multiplies, the problem may be the greatest test our human family faces in the 21st century", United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at UN Headquarters.

The Secretary-General's personal appeal for tolerance came after his informal briefing to the 193-Member UN General Assembly, where he launched the Organization-wide campaign for broad based action in 2015 to wrap up the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights.

Charlie Hebdo

Mr. Ban called for understanding among all communities to heal the tensions within societies – a particularly poignant plea following this week’s attack on the staff at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"It should never be seen as a war of religion…for religion…or on religion. It is an assault on our common humanity, designed to terrify and incite", the UN Secretary-General declared.

"Giving in to hatred and sowing division only guarantees a spiral of violence – precisely what terrorists seek. We must not fall into that trap."

Ongoing violence in Nigeria

The Secretary-General added the world faces another grave test, as Nigeria readies for its elections next month. Boko Haram has continued its violence, killing Christians and Muslims, kidnapping even more women and children, and destroying churches and mosques. Mayhem has spread across the region, and is now having a direct impact on Cameroon and other countries.

"I urge Boko Haram’s leaders to end the destruction of so many lives and communities, and immediately and unconditionally release the kidnapped school girls and all others. The international community cannot let human rights abuses continue with impunity."

"I want to make a special appeal for tolerance and understanding," Mr. Ban concluded.

"We need to find a way to live together, in peace, in harmony, in full respect of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Source: UN News

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