Global solutions for global problems
Thursday, January 25, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – President Dalia Grybauskaitė took part in the World Economic Forums’ theme discussion “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”.
Among the speakers at the closed session were EU leaders, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, leading academic analysts and top-level CEOs. The discussion focused on how to overcome a fractured world and surging anti-globalization tendencies.
In her remarks at the informal high-level discussion, President Dalia Grybauskaitė stressed that the increasing fragmentation, the wish of some countries to close up or protect their markets by customs duties would only lead to greater self-isolation and economic decline. It is people who suffer the most when such decisions are made.
According to the President, today’s world is a global world. We are connected by very close ties. Decisions made on one continent can produce repercussions around the world, affecting the security, economy and social environment of many regions. Closedness and isolation will not help to resolve global problems. It will drive the wedge between continents and countries even deeper with severe consequences for all of us.
According to the President, there are many examples where unwillingness to find global solutions resulted in major crises, including massive refugee flows to the EU, increased international terrorism, accelerating climate change, and growing inequality.
She said that there was no other way but to seek common ground, strengthen global efforts to maintain international efforts and stability, promote economic development, achieve sustainable development goals, ensure democracy and respect for human rights.
Dalia Grybauskaitė pointed out that the UN Charter set the basic principles of international order: peaceful resolution of disputes and conflicts, equality and respect for territorial integrity. These principles are binding for all. It is impossible to create peace and stability if the spirit of impunity is unleashed.
The President emphasized that freedom was the vital precondition for sustainable development. People must feel safe and secure, they must know that their efforts will result in a better life. And that will never be achieved by regimes built on oppression of democracy and human rights.