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.

Facebook live: https://bit.ly/1sVvP00c

Statements and Messages

On the pipeline explosion in Mexico: https://bit.ly/2W4uJ15

On the attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali: https://bit.ly/2Hq0aQb

On Venezuela: https://bit.ly/2B1W4bh

On the International Day of Education: https://bit.ly/2S5B90O

To the Global Forum of Local Governments: https://bit.ly/2G1Kvo5

On the Prespa Agreement: https://bit.ly/2RR6LIk

On the attacks against MINUSMA: https://bit.ly/2S39GwV

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.