United Nations, September 22
Without naming the US and China, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that the world can’t afford a future the place the 2 largest economies cut up the globe in a “Great Fracture”, as he urged the nations to do every little thing to keep away from a brand new Cold War.
The Secretary-General gave a clarion name for a “collective new push” for peace and reconciliation.
“We need a common international effort – led by the Security Council – to achieve a global ceasefire by the end of this year. We have 100 days. The clock is ticking,” he mentioned.
“The world needs a global ceasefire to stop all ‘hot’ conflicts. At the same time, we must do everything to avoid a new Cold War,” Guterres mentioned in his handle to the high-level 75th session of the UN General Assembly that commenced on Tuesday amid the devastating and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
He mentioned a technological and financial divide dangers inevitably turning right into a geo-strategic and army divide.
“We are moving in a very dangerous direction. Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture – each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities,” he mentioned.
“We must avoid this at all costs,” he added.
While Guterres didn’t title the US and China, political and financial tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated because of commerce battle and the coronavirus, which originated within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan final yr.
US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly referred to as coronavirus because the ‘Chinese Virus’, has lambasted China for being “very secretive” in sharing data on its coronavirus outbreak that may quickly declare over 1,000,000 lives globally, asserting that the US and the world would have been higher ready if Beijing gave an “advance warning” concerning the impending disaster.
Unlike within the final 75 years, the UN Secretary-General was addressing a sparsely-filled General Assembly corridor because the annual high-level phase switched to a digital version within the wake of the pandemic.
Guterres was flanked by President of the 75th session of General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, however the sprawling General Assembly corridor was not full of world leaders or ministers.
Only UN ambassadors from Member States have been within the corridor, sustaining social distance and sporting masks. Heads of State and Government will likely be making their nationwide statements by means of pre-recorded video statements, a primary within the 75-year historical past of the UN.
“In a world turned upside down, this General Assembly Hall is among the strangest sights of all. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our annual meeting beyond recognition. But it has made it more important than ever,” the UN chief mentioned.
Guterres mentioned in January whereas addressing the General Assembly that he had recognized “four horsemen” – 4 threats that endanger the world’s future – the very best world geostrategic tensions in years, existential local weather disaster, deep and rising world distrust, and the darkish aspect of the digital world.
“But a fifth horseman was lurking in the shadows. Since January, the COVID-19 pandemic has galloped across the globe – joining the four other horsemen and adding to the fury of each,” he mentioned on Tuesday.
Guterres asserted that the pandemic was the sort of disaster that the world will see in several types repeatedly.
“COVID-19 is not only a wake-up call, it is a dress rehearsal for the world of challenges to come,” he mentioned.
As the pandemic unfold the world over, Guterres made a world attraction for a ceasefire.
“Today, I appeal for a new push by the international community to make this a reality by the end of this year. We have exactly 100 days,” he mentioned.
However, the UN chief mentioned in areas the place terrorist teams are significantly lively, the obstacles to peace will likely be far more troublesome to beat.
“I am particularly concerned that terrorist and violent extremist groups will exploit the pandemic. And we must not forget the dramatic humanitarian cost of war,” he mentioned, including that in lots of locations, the pandemic coupled with battle and disruption is dealing crippling blows to meals safety. — PTI