MUNICH, FEBRUARY 17 – “In a world where solidarity has many difficulties to be expressed, where we felt that so many were rejecting diversity, not understanding that diversity is a richness, not a threat, where so many populist, xenophobic demonstrations exist, Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel have been a symbol of tolerance, a symbol of hospitality in relation to people in need of protection, and a symbol I would like to see followed in many, many other parts of the world in order for us to be able to respond to the dramatic suffering that we are witnessing because of the terrible conflicts that have spread around the world”. In Munich today Un Secretary General Antonio Guterres spelled his views on the response that the world should have on the migration crisis.
Guterres made of the policies adopted by Chancellor Merkel’s Germany an example: “I am sure that the cooperation that, as Secretary-General, I will have with Germany and its Government will be as solid, as positive, as deep and as successful as the cooperation we had when, as High Commissioner for Refugees, I could be fully in support of the German policy for the protection of refugees”.
In his remarks, Mr. Guterres also underlined the need for global responses to global challenges such as complex and interlinked conflicts, rising terrorism, impact of climate change and enormous movements of people and migration. He further emphasized the importance of multilateralism and for countries to come together and to use multilateral institutions, in a spirit of solidarity, to overcome the obstacles of today’s world. (@OnuItalia)