The United Nations General Assembly began on Tuesday a debate attended by world leaders with the U.N. chief calling for a binding resolution to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria.

Ban Ki-moon asked the U.N. Security Council to adopt the resolution as soon as possible and adopt measures that could send humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.

Mr. Ban said in an address opening the annual U.N. session that world leaders should work on achieving development goals to help people around the world.

“This is an era of wondrous opportunities,” U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in opening the annual session. “Our generation can wipe poverty from the face of the earth.” Mr. Ban said people worldwide want to know what world leaders are doing to fix problems ranging from climate change and poverty to ending conflicts.

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