20 OCT 2010
BRUSSELS, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are natural allies, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.
Ban paid his first official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday, as part of a range of events marking the week for combating poverty.
In his address, Ban called on EU member states to show their solidarity and leadership, as he believes the best way to tackle global challenges is to work all together.
"This is the time for delivering action," he said. "If we share the burden, we will share the benefits."
According to the UN chief, the world faces three global challenges, namely tackling extreme poverty around the world, confronting climate change, and building a world free of nuclear weapons.
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