A microscopic virus is now the number one threat in our world.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a full-blown crisis in itself, unfolding against a backdrop of high geopolitical tensions and other global threats in unpredictable and dangerous ways.
The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed.
It has killed nearly one million people around the world, infected over 30 million, and remains largely out of control.
This was the result of a lack of global preparedness, cooperation, unity and solidarity.
The 75th anniversary of the United Nations reminds us of the achievements of our founders – and calls on us to live up to their ambitions.
We urgently need innovative thinking on global governance and multilateralism, so that they are fit for the 21st century.