Mr. President of the General Assembly, Excellencies,
I am here to sound the alarm: The world must wake up.
We are on the edge of an abyss — and moving in the wrong direction.
Our world has never been more threatened.
Or more divided.
We face the greatest cascade of crises in our lifetimes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has supersized glaring inequalities.
The climate crisis is pummeling the planet.
Upheaval from Afghanistan to Ethiopia to Yemen and beyond has thwarted peace.
A surge of mistrust and misinformation is polarizing people and paralyzing societies.
Human rights are under fire.
Science is under assault.
And economic lifelines for the most vulnerable are coming too little and too late — if they come at all. Continue reading