UN chief: World is in ‘sorry state’

At the World Economic Forum's meeting Wednesday, the UN chief said the world is facing many interlinked challenges including climate change and Russia's war in Ukraine.

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January 18, 2023 - 4:54 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire/Zuma Press/TNS)

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The world is in a “sorry state” because of myriad interlinked challenges including climate change and Russia’s war in Ukraine that are “piling up like cars in a chain reaction crash,” the U.N. chief said at the World Economic Forum’s meeting Wednesday.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered his gloomy message on the second day of the elite gathering of world leaders and corporate executives in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Sessions took a grim turn when news broke of a helicopter crash in Ukraine that killed more than a dozen people, including Ukraine’s interior minister and other officials.

Forum President Borge Brende requested 15 seconds of silence and Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska dabbed teary eyes, calling it “another very sad day,” then telling attendees that “we can also change this negative situation for the better.”

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