Csaba Kőrösi, the Hungarian President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, gave an interview about the new tasks of the UN and the challenges facing the world.
“The world is facing a complex and complicated crisis the likes of which it has not seen since the Second World War,” warned Csaba Kőrösi, the President of the UN General Assembly, in an interview with the Hungarian public media.
“Among the 30 or so armed conflicts currently taking place in the world, the most serious is undoubtedly the war in Ukraine, which affects the food supply of 1.2 billion people in terms of food security alone,” the Hungarian diplomat warned.
He stressed the need for a serious rethink of the priorities on which the United Nations has worked so far. Kőrösi said that, as in all large organizations, there is a risk in the United Nations too that once the big speeches have been made, everything will go on as usual.
“Sustainability has been temporarily pushed into the background because when energy resources are used as weapons, it is not a question of how much carbon dioxide a country or region will emit by using energy, but of having an energy source,” the diplomat explained. He added that significant progress on climate protection should have been made long ago, but the logic of war has turned everything upside down.
He said his most important task now is to attend the opening meetings of the six major United Nations High Commissions and to remind them that the way they are working must change, because it is not the way out of the current crisis.
Kőrösi said that it is necessary to work on both the current crises and the transition. The first is about how the world will survive the next 1-2 years, and the second is about how to create a life that is acceptable for present and future generations.
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