United Nations, June 7: UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the world leaders to avoid a new 'Cold War' and show wisdom so that sustainable development can be achieved."In a world where international relations have become "more chaotic," world leaders must avoid a new Cold War", Guterres told delegates attending the International Economic Forum, in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on Thursday.
Responding to questions in front of a live audience, Guterres called on leaders everywhere to show wisdom, and create the conditions in which the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development (the UN’s initiative to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change) can be achieved.
The UN chief said that he refuses to see international relations as simply a confrontation between the United States and China, and stated his preference for a multi-polar world: “What we need is the United States, China, the Russian Federation, India, the European Union and several other key partners to address their problems in a multilateral way.”
The UN chief reminded his audience that Europe consisted of several rival powers at the beginning of the Twentieth Century but, with an absence of multilateral organizations, or effective platforms to resolve disputes peaceably, the result was the First World War. Major powers, he said, need to play a relevant role, in a multipolar world with “multilateral forms of governance and international relations based on international law.”(UNI)