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Cooperative International Action Vital To Address, Prevent Global Disasters, Crises

The Guardian’s Observer: The Observer view on global crises and the need for international action
Editorial Board

“For tens of millions of people around the world, 2017 has been a year of disasters. … What is to be done in the face of this overwhelming wave of woe? More funding is one answer. … Wider acceptance is needed that, as individuals, we all share a moral responsibility to inform ourselves about what is happening across our joined-up world. Governments such as the U.S. and Britain, the two leading donor states, should increase, not cut, their foreign aid budgets. The emerging economic powers must do more, too. Another imperative, in terms of natural disasters, is ever more forceful, integrated efforts to combat climate change, especially by the recalcitrant Trump administration. Yet more pressing than any of this, perhaps, is the necessity to increase the effectiveness and improve the coordination of global and regional governance organizations, principally the U.N., its peacekeeping arm and its agencies, but also the G7, IMF, World Bank, OECD, E.U., A.U. and ASEAN, in tackling global disasters of all descriptions. Multilateralism has fallen out of fashion of late. But without it, there may be no way to turn the tide of global disaster” (9/2).