• by David M. Malone
  • Rector, United Nations University, Under-secretary-general, The United Nations


The United Nations of 2018 exists in a world that is more interconnected than ever before. Countries are no longer insulated from the setbacks and challenges of other nations, and all profit in some way from each other’s innovation and success.

Global paths to shared progress, however, seem increasingly elusive among bitter social divides and growing inequality. Our success in overcoming these and other barriers to sustainable development will hinge on our response to two of the greatest challenges of our time — climate change and conflict.

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