U.N.’s Ban asks academics to solve world’s problems

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the world’s academic community to find solutions to global hunger, poverty and intolerance.

Ban told an international forum in the South Korean capital Wednesday that there can be no peace, justice and dignity in the world if billions of people are forced to live in chronic poverty. He urged academics, students and governments to search for underlying causes of crises like the one faced by more than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa.

Joining a group of dignitaries, Ban also attended the opening of a photo exhibition intended to attract support for the U.N. development goals for poor countries.

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