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14 September 2001
The Challenge to Global Leadership in Light of the Events of 11th September 2001
The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 against innocent people in the United States of America have profoundly shocked the world. Moved by these tragic events, we, the participants of the United Nations University course on "Leadership for Human Security," wish to address our fellow global citizens. We sympathise with the people of the United States of America and all other nations affected by this tragedy for their catastrophic loss of life and property. We support their wish to see the perpetrators of this heinous act brought to justice. However, we would also like to appeal to world leaders to be guided by wisdom in the search for a solution that will not further endanger innocent lives.
We recognise that there are major challenges for global leadership in contemporary times. These include managing the process of globalisation and rapid technological change, promoting intercultural dialogue, understanding and co-operation and addressing issues of global inequality and injustice. We are gravely concerned that progress towards addressing these challenges may be jeopardised in the aftermath of these attacks.
We support the ongoing efforts to construct bridges of understanding amongst civilisations. It is our considered view that this crisis should strengthen and not weaken the resolve towards a dialogue amongst the peoples of the world. The fact that this act has attracted condemnation across the world is confirmation of humanity's shared desire to live together in peace, security and harmony. We should not allow global progress towards a more secure future for all humanity to be reversed.
We appeal to global leadership at all levels to address the concerns facing us today, with renewed dynamism, creativity and wisdom. In addition to taking appropriate measures to confront terrorism, we urge the continuation of humanity's march towards the goals of global citizenship, a healthy global environment, sustainable human development, and the elimination of racial, gender and religious discrimination of all kinds. In this way, we firmly believe that the needs and aspirations of the citizens of the World will be realised.
UN University Leadership Academy Course Participants
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