UN Secretary-General briefs the press on his priorities for 2020
Secretary-General António Guterres today (4 Feb) said, “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe,” noting that “from Libya to Yemen to Syria and beyond – escalation is back, arms are flowing, and offensives are increasing.”
Speaking to journalists in New York, Guterres said, “there is a feeling of growing instability and hair-trigger tensions, which makes everything far more unpredictable and uncontrollable, with a heightened risk of miscalculation.” Meanwhile, he added, “Security Council resolutions are being disrespected even before the ink is dry.”
The Secretary-General said, “the disquiet in streets and squares across the world is proof that people want to be heard. They want world leaders to answer their anxieties with effective action. That means addressing cascading challenges and ...