International Order & Conflict

Will the UN-75 Declaration Signify More Than a Birthday Party?

The opportunity for the 75th Anniversary to represent more than a birthday celebration to continue to tackle the threats outlined by the Secretary General

By Richard Ponzio Author

This article was originally published in the United Nation’s PassBlue

WASHINGTON, D.C. — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres used his annual State of the World speech to the General Assembly last month to outline his 2020 priorities. He stressed four threats to progress in the 21st century: growing geostrategic tensions and mass violence in fragile states, creating an unprecedented refugee crisis; the climate catastrophe; rising mistrust in global, regional and national governing institutions; and the dark side of the digital world.

Fears of stalled socioeconomic progress caused by inequality and injustice in the global economy could also be added to this daunting list. Each problem could hurt the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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