Mr. President of the General Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, All protocol observed,
In recent decades, globalization and technological progress have generated unprecedented economic progress, with higher living standards for many and even a reduction in the number of people in extreme poverty.
But these benefits are not enjoyed by everyone. Inequality is high, and growing. According to recent figures, the eight richest people in the world have the same wealth as the 3.6 billion poorest. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in developed countries. Statistics like these drive discontent and erode trust in governments and international organizations. Continue reading