Antonio Guterres’ Ambitious Plan to Overhaul the Multilateral System

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, May 12, 2021 (AP pool photo by Maxim Shemetov).
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, May 12, 2021 (AP pool photo by Maxim Shemetov).

Last September, the United Nations marked its 75th anniversary in somber style, against the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, a deepening climate crisis, geopolitical tensions and antipathy from its most powerful member. A year on, the United States has returned—for the most part—to the multilateral fold. Otherwise, much remains the same. COVID-19 continues its rampage; global warming and biodiversity loss proceed apace; and great power competition stymies international cooperation. Into this maelstrom steps U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. As world leaders gather in person and virtually for this week’s annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly, Guterres will seek their support […]

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