Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain opened the annual session by calling attention to prevailing problems.“We live in a world afflicted by violent armed conflicts, hunger and disease; a world threatened by international terrorism, organized crime and the proliferation of all types of weapons; a world brought closer together by the forces of globalization, yet divided by ethnic strife, and a growing technological gap; a world where the enjoyment of human rights is still an unrealized dream for millions of people,” she said.The international community, she stressed, has a “moral duty to reach collective solutions to resolve these mutual concerns.”She recalled that one year ago, at the 2005 World Summit, leaders reached consensus on a far-reaching measures to respond to prevailing problems.“Now the challenge before us is to ensure that our decisions make a more lasting difference to the lives of millions of people around the world.”Sheikha Haya hailed the recent adoption of the UN Comprehensive Global Counter-terrorism Strategy, while stressing the need to “work towards its effective implementation.” She also urged consensus on the “most needed and long-overdue Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.” Noting that the theme of this year’s debate is “Implementing a Global Partnership for Development,” she called for attention to “practical measures and strategies which can enable us to make consistent progress, and build on previous international and national efforts.”She also called for greater UN involvement in tackling security problems, calling for it to “take a more proactive role when addressing the many armed conflicts within and amongst States.”The general debate, which has attracted the participation of dozens of heads of State and government and numerous other high-level officials, runs through 27 September.
Wallace’s attack comes as the latest series of Bake Off gets under way, with 12 hopeful cooks battling for Berry and fellow judge Paul Hollywood’s approval. Berry told Good Housekeeping about her desire to make children more healthy.”Many people think children must have chips. I don’t think any household should have a deep-fat fryer,” she said. “I never fry a doughnut. If you want a doughnut, go and buy one once in a blue moon. It’s about everything in moderation.” MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace has waded into the deep-fat fryer row, claiming that Mary Berry’s criticism of the kitchen appliance is “an attack on our British way of life”. The Great British Bake Off judge told Good Housekeeping magazine that she does not think any home should contain a deep-fat fryer. She also spoke out against fizzy drinks for children.Now Wallace has launched a withering attack on the 81-year-old food writer, saying that “our nation was built on chips and spam fritters”. He added that Berry’s stance against the appliance “isn’t just an assault on the deep-fat fryer but on the traditional British psyche”. Wallace, 51, said that while “we probably did use the fryer a little bit too much” when he was young, fatty food is fine in moderation. Gregg Wallace at his restaurant, Wallace and Co, in Putney, London, which closed in 2014Credit:REX/Shutterstock The line-up for this year’s Bake OffCredit:Mark Bourdillon Writing in The Sun, he said: “Just thinking about it takes me back to happy times when what we call dinner now was known as ‘tea’ and we ate it around five o’clock. Dinner was what you had at school at midday.”The smell of deep-fat frying was universal back then, wasn’t it? It brought families and friends together.”I love Mary dearly but this is an attack on our British way of life. We fry things, that’s what we do. It’s like banning the wok in China or outlawing the pizza oven in Italy. It’s ludicrous.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.