LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan urged the international community to shift its response to mounting global crises on Friday at the Paris Peace Forum, Jordan News Agency reported.
In her address to the fifth edition of the forum, Queen Rania said the world is facing “a convergence of crises”, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, climate change, inequalities and an erosion general trust.
“Yet too often we fail to meet our common threats with a spirit of common cause,” she said.
“Our world is out of balance; simply trying to keep things stable is not enough.
Queen Rania called for four critical shifts in humanity’s approach to common challenges: “Renewing our faith in truth, recognizing that we are all of equal worth, safeguarding the future, and believing in our ability to redo the world as we wish”.
Expanding on the first point, the Queen stressed that telling the truth must be followed by real action.
“Honesty is the foundation of trust, but words are not enough. Cynicism flourishes in the gap between words and deeds,” she said.
She cited the global response to climate change as an example of the “gap between promises and policies”.
She drew attention to the stark contrast between the pledges made under the 2015 Paris Agreement to prevent global temperatures from rising and the recent findings of the UN climate report, which predict that temperatures will exceed safe levels.
“It’s too late for wishlists. We need binding to-do lists to save both our credibility and our planet,” she warned.
Regarding her second point, the Queen stressed the importance of remembering common humanity, especially in the case of refugee populations.
She said the global refugee crisis had reached “epic proportions”, with the number of displaced people now exceeding 100 million. She also highlighted the disparity in the reception of refugees from Ukraine compared to those from countries such as Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan.
“What explains the contrast in compassion? Does skin color make all the difference? she asked. “Too often, the obstacle is not the budget. It is bigotry and partiality.
“Until we embrace the reality of our connectedness, we will continue to bear the worst of its consequences,” she added.
Moving on to her third point, the Queen said humanity must “act in the service of future generations”, saying decisions in the present will have a direct impact on those who inherit the future.
“What matters is not the next election, or the next financial quarter, or the next generation of smartphones. What matters is doing the right thing for the next generation of humanity,” she said.
Queen Rania, reaching her final point, stressed the value of “renewing hope and confidence in ourselves”.
On a more positive note, she said that “despite the multiple crises we face, humanity has made enormous progress”, relating that over the past decades, 1 billion people have come out of extreme poverty, infant mortality has more than halved, more children go to school and fewer suffer from hunger.
She explained that hope is based on the ability to believe that things can get better.
“It’s not just technology that has enabled these victories, it’s collaboration and trust. The instinct to help. The goodness that resides in the human heart,” she noted.
Queen Rania urged the public to resist complacency and try to anticipate crises earlier, “so that we can solve problems before they become perils and prevent tomorrow’s crises before they do. begin”.
The Paris Peace Forum was founded in 2017 with the aim of bridging the governance gap by bringing together key stakeholders to propose concrete solutions to global problems.
Public and private organizations present their governance projects to world leaders, elected officials, experts and other stakeholders at the annual event.