Gordon Brown has made a surprise appearance at TED Global – a meeting of leading thinkers in Oxford.
The prime minister talked about the power of technology to unite the world and offer ways to solve some of its most pressing problems.
He said that issues such as climate change could not be solved alone, adding that digital technology offered a way to create a “global society”.
“We are the first generation to be able to do this,” he said.
“Massive changes in technology have allowed the possibility of people linking up around the world,” he told the TED Global (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.
“We now have the means to create global society,” he said. “The institutions can be created.”
In particular, he said, organisations should be set up to tackle environmental, financial, developmental and security problems
“We are the first generation to be able to do this,” he told the conference. “We shouldn’t lose the chance.”
He said that older institutions founded after the Second World War, such as the United Nations or the International Monetary Fund, were now “out of date”.
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