In Munich, Guterres emphasizes the need for a new global order that benefits everyone

United Nations

The Secretary-General stated that our world is currently facing critical challenges, but unfortunately, the global community is more divided and fragmented than ever before in the past 75 years. He stressed the importance of establishing a global order that works for all individuals.

Mr. Guterres also pointed out that if countries fulfill their obligations under the UN Charter, every person on the planet would be able to live in peace and dignity. However, many governments are neglecting these commitments, resulting in millions of civilians suffering and being forced to flee.

Regarding the conflict in Gaza, Mr. Guterres condemned the attacks launched on October 7th and the collective punishment of the Palestinian people by Israel’s military response. He stated that the situation in Gaza is a clear indication of the stalemate in global relations, with the level of death and destruction being shocking and the war spilling over to other regions and impacting global trade.

The Secretary-General also expressed concern about the humanitarian response in Gaza, which is currently on “life support.” He warned that a full-scale offensive on the city of Rafah, where nearly half the population is seeking shelter, would be devastating for civilians who are already struggling to survive. He urged for the immediate release of all hostages and a humanitarian ceasefire to allow for aid delivery.

Additionally, Mr. Guterres addressed the war triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, stating that it has no place in 21st century Europe and goes against the UN Charter. He emphasized the need for a just and sustainable peace for Ukraine, Russia, and the world, in accordance with international law and the obligation to respect the territorial integrity of sovereign states.

Looking beyond immediate crises, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of strengthening the global peace and security architecture to address new threats and challenges such as the climate crisis, Artificial Intelligence, and cyberweapons. He highlighted his New Agenda for Peace, which aims to update global collective security systems through a more inclusive and networked multilateralism.

Some of the recommendations in the New Agenda for Peace include reforming the UN Security Council, recommitting to eliminate nuclear weapons, and giving more emphasis to sustainable development and climate action in preventing conflict. These recommendations will be discussed at the Summit of the Future in September at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Mr. Guterres also stressed the importance of seeking just solutions based on justice, stating that there is always an opportunity to create a more comprehensive and effective global order that benefits everyone.

On the eve of the conference, the Secretary-General visited the Ohel Jakob synagogue at the invitation of the World Jewish Congress. Together with Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, and former Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, they took the “Walk of Remembrance,” which honors the names of over 4,500 Munich Jews who were killed during the Nazi era.

During the visit, Mr. Guterres reiterated his belief that fighting against antisemitism is a moral obligation for all individuals. He also emphasized that people in Israel have the right to live in safety, regardless of one’s political views.

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