“The world is in danger and paralyzed”, was the forceful comment that Guterres told the heads of state and government who are meeting in New York, from whom he demanded cooperation and urgent measures to stop the effects of wars, against the food crisis and against climate change.
The UN Secretary General reiterated that the enormous global challenges cannot be solved alone or with alliances of countries, but that a great “world coalition”.
“We have a winter of global unrest on the horizon. There is an intense cost of living crisis. Confidence is crumbling. Inequalities are exploding. Our planet is burning. People are suffering and the most vulnerable are the ones whoGuterres explained.
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In his speech that opened the General Assembly, Guterres touched on all current international issues, beginning with the food crisis that is being aggravated by the war in ukraine and that threatens to provoke one of the greatest famines in various countries.
Likewise, he highlighted the need to solve the problems with the supply of fertilizers, for which the UN is making efforts to facilitate exports from Russiawhich are not subject to international sanctions and which, however, have been diminished since the beginning of the conflict.
“This year the world has enough food, the problem is distribution. But if the fertilizer market does not stabilize, next year the problem may be the food supply itself.Guterres commented.
Referring to the war in ukraineGuterres denounced that the russian invasion has caused awidespread destruction with massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law”, in addition to has claimed thousands of livesjust like him displacement of millions of people and it is affecting billions worldwide.
Likewise, he pointed out that the conflict is aggravating the international fracture and today there isimmense dangers to global peace and security” and a “nuclear saber rattling” that only worsen the instability.
“There is no cooperation. There is no dialogue. No collective problem solving”, lamented the secretary general of the United Nations, calling for the creation of new mechanisms to resolve this division.
Guterres also spoke about the economic crisis as well as the effects of inflation dizzying, especially in the most vulnerable countries.
“Some 94 countries – home to 1.6 billion people, mostly in Africa – are facing a perfect storm: the economic and social fallout from the pandemic, rising food and energy prices, a crippling debt burden, dizzying and lack of access to financeGuterres explained.
With information from the EFE Agency.