[2022-02-04] Multilateral cooperation is needed to tackle shared global challenges

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@The Elders

Ban Ki-moon explores how collaboration between countries is needed to tackle COVID-19, climate change and conflicts.

Below is the official message of Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Secretary-General of the United Nations

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 shows that even after two years, the pandemic is far from over. The improved multilateral cooperation to tackle shared global challenges is urgently needed.

The issue of vaccine inequity is a moral outrage and public health disaster. This political failure to show solidarity and understand that delivering equitable solutions is also enlightened self-interest, applies the equally urgent existential threat of the climate crisis.

The issue of intergenerational injustice and the need for a fresh, inclusive approach to climate activism was brought into discussion at “Generation Green”. The energy that all the participants tackle the issues head-on is the heart to achieve a successful, transparent and accountable COP summit at in November.

All UN member states have a responsibility to abide by the principles of the UN Charter and to strengthen the institutions that underpin the rules-based international order. The human cost of political and diplomatic failure from Afghanistan to Ethiopia to Myanmar and the current tensions over Ukraine remains extremely challenging.

We, the global leaders will do our utmost in 2022 to support all those working for fair and peaceful outcomes where human rights are universally respected. Together I am confident we can achieve the world we want.