UN leader warns against dangerous rhetoric from nuclear powers

UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns that ‘dangerous rhetoric’ could exacerbate tensions between nuclear-armed superpowers.

“Increasing divisions threaten global peace and security and provoke new confrontations that make it that much more difficult to resolve old conflicts”, says Guterres.

He spoke on Tuesday about international security at a conference in Morocco.

“Dangerous rhetoric increases nuclear tensions,” he says, adding:

“At the same time, we are dangerously close to the abyss of the climate crisis, while hate speech and misinformation are being spread”.

The UN chief’s speech was delivered shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its 10th month. Without any prospect of an end to the war.

“Strengths linked to strife and disagreement awaken ‘old demons’ – also anti-Semitism and Islamophobia”, he says further.

» In this troubled world, we must reduce tensions and strengthen inclusion and social cohesion. We must create more unity and more resilient societies’.

Guterres was speaking at a meeting in the United Arab Emirates of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

The Alliance has a stated goal of strengthening international action against extremism. This is the first time the alliance is meeting on African soil.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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