World challenges “interlinked” but response “fragmented”, Secretary-General tells Davos

The Secretary-General attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and, in remarks to the plenary, noted that while “global challenges are more and more integrated, the responses are more and more fragmented”, calling it a “recipe for disaster”.  He mentioned a number of pressing issues, including climate change, migration and the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “I am a multilateralist”, he said; “I am deeply convinced that there is no other way to deal with global challenges than with global responses, and organized in a multilateral way”. The Secretary-General stressed, however, that it is not enough to say this and vilify those who disagree; rather it is necessary to understand their grievances, to address those root causes and “to show that we care”. While in Davos, the Secretary-General also participated in a Facebook live conversation.

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Statements and Messages

On the pipeline explosion in Mexico:

On the attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali:

On Venezuela:

On the International Day of Education:

To the Global Forum of Local Governments:

On the Prespa Agreement:

On the attacks against MINUSMA:

Next Week

The Secretary-General will attend memorial ceremonies marking the United Nations International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust at Park East Synagogue in New York on Saturday, and at UN Headquarters on Monday.