20160629_075558“Never in my years as Secretary-General have I seen such potent forces rising up in societies urging people to retreat. Preying on insecurity. Profiting on division. Promoting fear.

Turn inward, they say. Build barriers. It is our way or no way. I think perhaps the biggest war being waged today does not involve guns or tanks or fighter jets

The biggest confrontation is the battle for minds.

On the one hand, there are those who want to divide the world into ‘us and them’. On the other, stand those who see humanity, in the words of the UN Charter, as ‘we the peoples.’ This is a battle that ‘we the peoples’ simply cannot afford to lose.”

Ban Ki-moon remarks at Tel Aviv University on June 27, 2016

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