Increasing inequality creating “huge frustration” worldwide: UN chief

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Davos. Image from UN Spokesperson’s Twitter account.

Inequality has increased around the world, creating “huge frustration” and discord between public opinion, political establishments and international organizations like the UN, the Secretary-General has warned.

António Guterres made the remarks during his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.

The annual meeting brings together the world's top leaders to engage them in debates regarding the global, regional and industrial agendas.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres began by presenting some of the challenges the global community is facing regarding its inability to prevent and solve crises.

The interconnection of global mega-trends like population growth and the movements of people, climate change, water scarcity and food insecurity are creating tense situations and displacing more people, he warned.

"And even if one looks at the amazing results of globalization, technological progress, huge increase in world richness, the fact that trade has multiplied enormously in the last decades, if one sees how living conditions have improved and even how absolute poverty has dramatically decreased, the truth is that inequality has also terribly increased and that has increased, especially because of the globalization of communication- that everybody now is aware of what is happening everywhere – that has created a huge frustration in many sectors of population, frustration that leads to the divorce between public opinion, societies, and not only political establishments but also international organizations, even like the UN."

Mr Guterres called for a "surge in diplomacy for peace".

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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