With the beginning of the year 2023, I wish all my readers a happy New Year, and I wish everyone good health, contentment, and prosperity. In this article, I will scrutinize the most important milestones of the year 2022 in the international arena.
Two years ago, we bid farewell to one of the leanest years full of surprises and misfortunes due to the repercussions of the COVID crisis, which changed the world, the global system, societies, and the nature of life, as it had not happened since the end of World War II.
Within months, the new Coronavirus paralyzed cities, countries, and continents, stopped the economy, and confined more than four billion people to their homes.
The pandemic claimed the lives of more than 7.51 million people, and no less than 662 million were infected with this virus.
- The United Nations General Assembly held its annual meeting in person for the first time, after it was being conducted via the Internet in the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and in the absence of the Russian and Chinese presidents.
Some 150 Heads of State or Government delivered their speeches. This meeting was dominated by successive divisions due to the consequences of the war in Ukraine and climate disasters (the latest of which was the unprecedented climate disaster that hit Pakistan in 2022), global food insecurity, fear of the future, division, poverty, inequality, and discrimination.
Because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the value of peace, the value of some countries exporting wheat, gas, and oil, and the value of some geographical areas such as the Black Sea, which is a major artery for the movement of goods at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, began to appear to the world, especially Europeans.
The Black Sea is bordered by six countries, but it is of great importance to many other countries beyond its borders, due to trade in energy, steel, and agricultural products.
The "Russian threat" also allowed a serious European view of its internal military security and its investment in this field, which was the subject of endless criticism from former US President Donald Trump.
The war in Ukraine also raised Europeans' fear of its security, energy, food, and even existential repercussions. Everyone wants to appear in the image that the countries of the alliance are united, and that, in addition to the Ukrainian crisis, they agree on everything.
We see that in the outcomes of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, which was held in Madrid, the capital city of Spain.
As we know, the Atlantic Alliance was established after the end of World War II and at the height of the Cold War.
And we have seen over the years the western alliance continued adapting its structures to face the endless European, Mediterranean, and international challenges. and direct security of allies.” The NATO’s document denounces the “deep strategic partnership” between Beijing and Moscow, “and their mutual attempts to destabilize the world order.”
- The exchange rate of the single European currency ( Euro) fell below the symbolic threshold of the US dollar for the first time since 2002.
The single European currency was affected by fears of a complete cessation of Russian gas exports to Europe.
And the euro recording its lowest levels, which will have repercussions at several levels such as inflation, eroding of the purchasing power of households and businesses, growth, debt, and the European Central Bank...
The world lived in the echoes of the euphoria of victory and joy, the honking of car horns, sparkles of fireworks and firecrackers, and the raising of Moroccan flags, after the Moroccan football national team succeeded in reaching the semi-finals for the first time in its history and in the history of Africa and the Arab world, after beating Portugal by a goal without respond.
And before that, the Moroccan team managed to reach the quarter-finals of the “ FIFA World Cup” after defeating the Spanish national team.
Yes, it is the Moroccan footballers who dazzled the world and demonstrated the power of the Moroccan, Arab and African machine and its ability to win. They are the sons of Morocco who brought all human beings into a rare alliance of civilizations, where people from all continents found themselves in a joyful and historical ceremony in the open air and inside homes, distant villages, squares, capitals, major and small cities, often united by the weather conditions in Canada, America, and Europe. The flags of Morocco were flying everywhere in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo, Baghdad, Riyadh, Jeddah, Kuwait, Jordan, Libya, Beirut, Gaza, Paris, London, Madrid, Rome, Marseille, Morel, Washington, Côte d'Ivoire Nouakchott, Senegal, and all of Africa.