United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday during an address to the UN General Assembly that the “increasingly chaotic” world order suffers from a “trust deficit disorder” and the “politics of pessimism,” while concluding that multilateralism is the only medicine.
“The world is more connected, yet societies are becoming more fragmented. Challenges are growing outward, while many people are turning inward,” Guterres said.
“Multilateralism is under fire precisely when we need it most,” he added.
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Guterres — who has been critical of some of President Trump’s policies and fading U.S. influence in the world — urged world leaders in attendance to collaborate to promote peace, human rights and economic and social progress. His remarks drew applause as he implored the audience to avoid becoming complacent as authoritarianism rises around the globe.
He additionally highlighted climate change, growing inequality and the abuse of technology as global challenges in need of solutions.
“In the face of massive, existential threats to people and planet — but equally at a time of compelling opportunities for shared prosperity — there is no way forward but collective, common-sense action for the common good,” Guterres said.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 25, 2018
Trump struck a markedly different tone from Guterres when speaking at the general assembly, emphasizing nationalism while suggesting that the U.S. would no longer provide support to those who don’t provide something in return.
“America is governed by Americans,” Trump said. “We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.”
“Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we realize the U.N.’s highest aspirations,” he added. “We must pursue peace without fear, hope without despair, and security without apology.”