United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the Karlemagne award (Karlspreis) ceremony in Aachen, Germany on May 30, 201
BERLIN (Reuters) – The world risks a descent into lawlessness and a new den Cold War, whose multilateralism fails, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday and urged the EU to play a leading role in the struggle to maintain a government-based global order.
In the western German city of Aachen, where he was awarded the annual charlemagne prize for the promotion of European unity, the Guterre's 28-country block described as a pillar of multilateralism "too great to fail".
"If you want to avoid a new cold war if you want a real multilateral order, then we need a European Europe as a strong pillar of it," he said after presenting the medal in Aachen at the Hall's ornate Coronation Room.
The award, which was first awarded in 1949, is named after the medieval monarch who, in 800, was crowned emperor by a European excitement policy dominated by contemporary France, Germany, the countries and Central Europe from Aachen.
Former employees have included French President Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis and Britain's Minister of War Winston Churchill.
In its quotation, the Prize Committee was informed that Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal, had been selected for his told on cooperation, tolerance, pluralism and multilateral cooperation.
Guterres said that Europe and the global order with the United Nations at its peak risked being undermined by rising nationalism and xenophobia at the very time when it was necessary to tackle challenges such as climate change and climate change more than ever before. migration.
"The bitter truth is that we have taken too many things for granted," he said.
"Human rights have lost ground on the agenda of national sovereignty," he added. "Europe's failure would inevitably be a lack of multilateralism and failure in a world where the rule of law can prevail."
Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Further reporting by Catarina Demoney in Lisbon; Editing Frances Kerry