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United Nations of difference

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There have been few occasions in our lifetimes that the world has been in more need of dialogue. From wars to civil unrest, today there is conflict on every continent. In my own - Africa - economic and environmental stress has fuelled a migration crisis to Europe.

In the face of these multiple dangers, it would be a failure of leadership to tack towards isolationism.

Some say that today's challenges are part of a pattern - the cycles of history. There are undeniably cycles of human history spanning generations: the rise and fall of empires, population booms and busts, the spread and disappearance of religions and cultural beliefs, decades of unification followed by separation.

But history, of course, never fully repeats. There are always differences. For in today's generation should there be a lack of willingness by world leaders to cooperate - and there have been many such times before - it comes, paradoxically, at the same time that the world's citizens have never been more connected.

This is crucial. During my formative years, my country Nigeria -........

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