This year's theme at the ongoing World Economic Forum, at Davos, Switzerland, is: "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".
If something is shared, then it can never be unilateral, thus a multilateral approach to solving problems must be utilized in order to reach a common future. Therefore, unilateralism and isolationism cannot be utilized by any partner working to ensure a shared future. Globalization is paramount.
In a stoic and seemingly somber address at Davos, today, United States (US) President Donald Trump, while continuing to plug his "America First" motto, appeared briefly to admit the necessity of multilateralism to solve the world's problems. He admitted that "America First" does not mean America "alone".
Yet, instead of emphasizing the need for continued world cooperation to solving humanity's problems, Trump, touting the record-breaking climb of the American stock market, suggested: "...when America grows, so does the world".
Really? Should the world await the economic rise of the rural coal miner or gun seller before it gains its prosperity? Should the world await the better treatment of the poor, minorities, refugees and immigrants in America, before they ameliorate the conditions of their people? Is American prosperity a prerequisite to the rise of China or to the leaps of the European Union (EU)?
Modern human development, the use of technology and the exploration of new innovations in all sectors of society to enhance the life of humanity, have become reality via the cooperative multilateral efforts of nations and their people.
Thus, ensuring a secure and prosperous shared future could only come through multilateral efforts as humanity seek life, liberty and happiness in a protected environment.