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1 November 2011
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
PRESS CONFERENCE TO MARK WORLD REACHING A 7 BILLION POPULATION
As the world population officially reached 7 billion today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for global solidarity to address pressing problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality in order to make the world a better place for current and future generations.
Regarding the United States intention to withhold its contributions to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for its decision earlier in the day to admit Palestine as a member, the Secretary-General said it was incumbent upon Member States to consistently provide the United Nations system with political and financial support. He said they would need to work on tactical solutions to maintain UNESCO’s financial resources, but he declined to comment further. He stressed the need to advance the Mideast peace process, saying the two-State solution was long overdue.
On the issue of Palestine’s application for full membership in the United Nations, Mr. Al-Nasser said the Security Council’s Membership Committee was still discussing the issue and would likely make its recommendation to the Council within 10 days.
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