U.N. chief calls for new efforts to stop terrorism

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked for a strengthening in efforts to battle terrorism on Friday.

Ban's message was delivered during the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum that was held on the General Assembly's margins. Ban mentioned during this aside that terrorism still continues to grow in many parts of the world.

"Extremism and radicalization in the Sahel are affecting national and regional stability," Ban said. "In Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, people no longer know what it means to live without fear of terrorist attacks. Just this weekend, hundreds died in Baghdad, Nairobi and Peshawar. Conflict zones provide fertile ground for terror groups to emerge and gain strength, as we currently witness in Syria."

Ban took note of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and the work it has done since its launch two years ago.

"Its regional and thematic working groups have brought much-needed focus to priority issues, mobilized funding, improved capacity-building coordination and helped share best practices," Ban said. "The United Nations welcomes our partnership with the Forum and looks forward to collaborating more closely."

Ban also spoke about the Global Fund on Community Engagement and Resilience, adding that it can help the implementation of the U.N. Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy by giving much-needed resources to local organizations. The strategy works by taking out conditions that promote terrorism, building government's ability to fight terrorism and ensuring human rights for all people.