Calling for more international cooperation in solving pressing problems of the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that although world’s problems are “more and more integrated”, the response to them is increasingly “fragmented” and “dysfunctional”.
Speaking to the gathering of the global elite at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, the UN chief said there is a “paralysis” at the UN Security Council on certain issues, and the three global superpowers – China, Russia and the United States – today have a “dysfunctional” relationship.
There is a contradiction in the world today: global challenges are interlinked, but our response is fragmented. We need more integrated global action to repair broken trust and uphold dignity for all. My intervention at #WEF19 with @borgebrende: https://t.co/1n8s9FB1do pic.twitter.com/Q3Xo79XJOm
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) January 24, 2019
He called on countries for greater involvement in multilateral organizations, suggesting that it was an absence of these mechanisms that had led to the First World War.
Guterres said that there is “a wind of hope” for potential conflict resolution in Central African Republic, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria.
“If one looks at global politics and geopolitical tensions, the global economy and megatrends including climate change, the movement of people and digitalization, the truth is that they are more and more interlinked… but the responses are fragmented,” he said.
“If these are not reversed, it’s a recipe for disaster,” he said.