ADDRESS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
New York, 19 September 2017
I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples.
“We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges.
Our world is in trouble. People are hurting and angry. They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing.
The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating.
Societies are fragmented. Political discourse is polarized. Trust within and among countries is being driven down by those who demonize and divide.
We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace.
And I strongly believe that, together, we can build peace. We can restore trust and create a better world for all.
I will focus today on seven threats and tests that stand in our way.
For each, the dangers are all too clear. Yet for each, if we act as truly united nations, we can find answers.