“The world has entered a period of chaos,” warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, criticizing the unprecedented divisions of the Security Council, which cannot agree on the front of “terrible conflicts” that will multiply on the planet.
“There are governments that ignore and undermine the very principles of multilateralism, without accountability. The Security Council, the main tool for world peace, is stagnant because of geopolitical fissures,” he said in the presentation. of his priorities for 2024 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“This is not the first time that the Security Council is divided. But this is the worst. The current dysfunction is deeper and more dangerous,” Guterres warned, before recalling that “during the Cold War, the established mechanisms helped to manage relations between the superpowers.”
But in today’s “multipolar world, no such mechanisms exist. “Our world has entered a time of chaos,” he warned.
“There is so much anger, hatred and noise in our world today! Every day and every little moment there is war, it seems. Terrible conflicts that kill and maim civilians at unprecedented levels. Dialectical wars. Wars of territory. Culture wars,” he said.
From Sudan to Ukraine, from Gaza to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from Yemen to Burma, “with the proliferation of conflicts, the world’s humanitarian needs are at an unprecedented level, but the funding is not up to par,” he lamented.
In this context, Antonio Guterres urged governments around the world to seize the occasion of the “Summit of the Future” that will take place in September in New York, during the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly to “model multilateralism in many years to come.”
*With information from AFP.