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17 Dec 2010 description
report UN News Service

17 December 2010 - In his end-of-year "state of the world" news conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called 2010 "a big year for the United Nations," with progress on issues from biodiversity to electoral support in Iraq and Afghanistan, but warned of challenges ahead in Sudan, the Middle East and other world flashpoints.

"Looking ahead, our challenge is to carry our progress forward," he said of the agenda for 2011, which he will lay out more fully next month. "Resources are tighter. Demands on the UN are growing.