Press Articles and Opinion Pieces

Progress toward sustainable development is seriously off-track

People around the world are taking to the streets to protest against rising living costs and real or perceived injustice. They feel the economy is not working for them — and in some cases, they are right. A narrow focus on growth, regardless of its true cost and consequences, is leading to climate catastrophe, a loss of trust in institutions and a lack of faith in the future.

A Climate Change: An Unstoppable Movement Takes Hold

On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the millions and told global leaders: “You are failing us”. 
 
They are right.

The Wildfire of Hate Speech

Around the world, hate is on the march. 
 
A menacing wave of intolerance and hate-based violence is targeting worshippers of many faiths across the globe.  Sadly – and disturbingly – such vicious incidents are becoming all too familiar.

Urgent Climate Action: A Choice We Can — And Must — Make

“Save Tuvalu; save the world.”
 
This is the rallying cry I heard on my recent visit to Tuvalu, a stop on my Pacific tour to the frontlines of the global climate emergency.

United in Grief

My heart sank when the news came early last Sunday morning: “Nairobi-bound plane crashes soon after takeoff in Addis Ababa”.

The climate emergency and the next generation

Tens of thousands of young people took to the streets yesterday with a clear message to world leaders: act now to save our planet and our future from the climate emergency.

Kofi Annan was the United Nations

Since the shock of former United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special.

Uniting the world against terrorism

Terrorism is a persistent and evolving global menace. No country is immune. Social media, encrypted communications and the dark web are being used to spread propaganda, radicalize new recruits and plan atrocities.