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The State of the World

Today's many global perils - including financial, energy, and food crises - make concerted global action more necessary than ever. If we are to succeed, the UN must be made more accountable - but so must its member states.

NEW YORK – We all recognize today’s perils. A global financial crisis. A global energy crisis. A global food crisis. Trade talks have collapsed, yet again.

There are new outbreaks of war and violence. Climate change ever more clearly threatens our planet. We say that global problems demand global solutions.

And yet, do we act? In truth, today, we also face a crisis of a different sort – the challenge of global leadership. New centers of power and leadership are emerging – in Asia, Latin America and across the newly developed world.

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