"Multilateralism" - is the key word, which comes from representatives of UN-member states, when it comes to global problems: from climate change to migration, from terrorism to the negative aspects of globalization. With this observation, began his press conference on Friday UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and invoked to move from words to action.
Stressing once again that no country in the world can cope with the existing problems alone, Antonio Guterres noted that it's not enough just to talk about it and criticize those, who doesn't believe in international cooperation. Guterres sees the reason for this distrust in the fact that globalization hasn't justified expectations: despite the achievements in reducing poverty, child mortality and increasing life expectancy, many people, states and regions feel that they have been "left behind". "When people see that the global economy is disarranged, when they realize that they are deprived of the opportunities that others have, deprived of hope, and leaders and state institutions are not concerned about their problems, instability inevitably arises in society, and people have distrust of power," - noted the UN-Secretrary General.
In his opinion, the same applies to the UN. To provide education and social protection to those who have been left on the sidelines of globalization and to give them hope for the future. And the basis for these actions is the sustainable development goals for the period up to 2030.
Antonio Guterres also believes that the United Nations should demonstrate its own role in addressing global problems. An example of this was the adoption of the Global compact for migration – despite the campaign of misinformation towards the compact. Another example is the long-awaited ceasefire agreement in Yemen, which was reached thanks to the efforts of the UN.
The UN head calls to fight against xenophobia, intolerance and hatred by affirmating common values.
"We hear a disturbing ... echo of the past," - warned Antonio Guterres. Harmful ideas are heard in political discussions and intoxicate the society". He urged not to forget the lessons of the 1930s and recalled, that crimes, based on hatred, directly threaten human rights, sustainable development, peace and security."
The Secretary-General recalled, that he had instructed his Special adviser on the prevention of genocide to develop a strategy to combat this phenomena and to promptly present an action plan.
"We must effectively defend our common values and seriously investigate the causes of fear, mistrust, anxiety and anger,"- said Guterres . - This is a key condition required , n order to mobilize people to protect the ideals, that are in grave danger today."