The future of humanity, as we know it, is all about our recognition of the shared, fundamental human values.

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If we are to achieve the vision of a peaceful and prosperous world, embracing and adhering to multilateralism in global affairs must be the experience of the twenty-first century.

Dr. Lassina ZerboExecutive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

 

When I was called to give a keynote at the Paris Talks conference, I wondered if I should focus on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). In fact, I asked one of my three daughters, who is training herself in public speaking, “What should I talk about?” And she said: "Just be yourself." 

So I want to thank Michael Bahati for inviting me to be myself with the Paris Talks participants this year, to attend the Paris talks, to walk the Paris Talks together, because that's what it’s all about. 

So what does the future of humanity look like?

 

The future of humanity, as we know it, is all about our recognition of the shared, fundamental human values. It is about dignity, it is about equal rights, it is about equity and equal chances for men and women. That is why somebody from a small country like Burkina Faso can be heading an organization dealing with nuclear weapons testing and the build-up of a global monitoring system that strengthens international security. 

 

The future of humanity as we know it has become, or will be, more complex because we are dealing with complex sources; because technology has advanced so fast and left education behind to a point where we cannot find the right balance between educating people and facing the technology in the world. Today, we seem to be swinging from one extreme to another, not knowing where the center is. The only way to find our center is through multilateralism

 

Multilateralism was born out of the experiences of the twentieth century. It was a recognition of universally shared, fundamental values of humanity. Since the end of World War II and the establishment of the United Nations, the international community has steadily built up a multilateral framework of international institutions and legal mechanisms designed to promote peace and prosperity. The key aim is to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and achieve their complete elimination. By putting an end to nuclear explosions, the CTBT constitutes a core element of the multilateral non-proliferation framework that creates the conditions for global peace and prosperity. A nuclear-weapon-free world passes via the entry into force of the CTBT. 

 

This framework has been fraying at the edges over the past several years, and we must act swiftly and resolutely if we are to prevent its further decay. When looking at the challenges on complex international issues, in many cases the solutions are already at hand. The problem is that we have failed to live up to our promises and responsibilities. We are not adequately implementing the legal and technical solutions that have already been put in place. While complacency and fatigue play a role in this collective failure, the underlying issue is that we have diverted away from a sense of shared fundamental human values.

 

The revolution in information and communications technology has provided for unprecedented growth and prosperity in some areas. But it has also left a void in humanity, which has become unmoored and ungrounded, floating in a sea of information but without the wisdom to navigate through it. In a sense, humanity has become like a pendulum that swings from one extreme to the other without ever finding its center. Multilateralism is how we find our center. It is through informed and educated debate. It is through science diplomacy. It is through dialogue and negotiation.

 

This is the only way to prevent and mitigate future conflicts. 

 

If we are to achieve the vision of a peaceful and prosperous world, embracing and adhering to multilateralism in global affairs must be the experience of the twenty-first century.

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