Towards a Safer World

  • 19 May 2009

In his speech on the “World Telecommunication Day," which falls on May 17th every year, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appealed to all political, economic, social and cultural decision-makers of the world to initiate collective efforts to make the world safer and more secure for humanity, in order to protect the rights of future generations in education and for scientific and cultural development.

This appeal by the UN Secretary General reflects the concern of the UN over the problems and crises that endanger the world’s security and stability, not only at the political or military levels, but at the social, economic and cultural levels as well, and underscores the importance of effective and immediate action to address this situation.

Although the world has taken enormous strides towards progress and advancement in all field in recent years, sources of tension and instability have increased rapidly. New crimes in the field of telecommunications and computers—such as human trafficking, money laundering, hacking, etc—have come to the fore. The problems of poverty, unemployment and ignorance have created a environment conducive for extremism and terrorism in many parts of the world. In addition, ideas and theories that promote the clash of civilizations have reared their head, threatening the fabric of coexistence among human beings. Several programs of development are now mired in disputes over resources—especially over energy—which may exacerbate in the future. The chronic areas of conflict, especially in the Middle East, are still impervious to any settlement or calm. In spite of a global war against terrorism that was launched following the attacks on September 11th 2001, the threat remains still daunting both in the east and the west. Important world organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency has warned against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which forms a threat to the security and stability of the world.

Under the umbrella of globalization , which has changed the world into a small global village, these perils and threats now involve all countries without exception and can only be addressed effectively through a collective global effort.

In the light of the relatively positive development in international relations, at this moment, and after long years of tension, the world now has the opportunity to build a comprehensive policy to address the perils facing it, which should be exploited and made use of. In this respect, international organizations—headed by the United Nations—could form an effective framework for coordinating all efforts to achieve the joint international goals of security and stability.