On June 27, soon after the UK referendum vote to leave the EU, UN Secretary-General spoke to students at Tel Aviv University, Israel.
He spoke of a tug of war going on in our world today – a push and pull in societies north and south, east and west.
Never have we been so able to reach out and engage with the world. At the same time, never in my years as Secretary-General have I seen such potent forces rising up in societies urging people to retreat. Preying on insecurity. Profiting on division. Promoting fear.
Turn inward, they say. Build barriers. It is our way or no way.
I think perhaps the biggest war being waged today does not involve guns or tanks or fighter jets.
The biggest confrontation is the battle for minds. On the one hand, there are those who want to divide the world into “us and them”. On the other, stand those who see humanity, in the words of the UN Charter, as “we the peoples”.
This short statement by the Secretary-General who is in the final months of his final term, deserves wide circulation.More...