By Henry Hullah
A tense stand-off in Ukraine, the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, devastation in Gaza - and all the while, ISIS grows in strength in the heart of the Middle East and racial tensions come to a head in the United States.
A fractured world and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the man tasked with picking up the pieces.
"The world is confronting multiple crises at this time," Ban Ki-moon told Christiane Amanpour.
"The situation in Iraq, we have a very serious crisis in Ukraine but we still have very serious crises in Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic. On top of this we are now being hit by Ebola epidemics."
Amanpour first asked him about the increasing threat of ISIS: an extremist militant group whose seized territory across Iraq and Syria has been said to be larger than the United Kingdom. Can the U.N. help those affected and to stop the threat before it spreads even further?
"The United Nations cannot do it alone in addressing international terrorism and extremists. The way they have been terrorizing the international community and its people by kidnapping the women, children and particularly journalists, this is totally unacceptable. These are against the international humanitarian law and against the international human rights law and we saw this horrendous killing of Mr. James Foley, that we have condemned in the strongest possible terms."
Amanpour asked if the horrors of ISIS that he had just described were due to an escalation of the Syrian crisis because, as he had told her in a previous interview, there was no "Plan B".
"That is why I have always been urging, the number one priority should be that that the parties stop the violence unconditionally and return to political dialogue."
'There is no point building when they are continually destroying.'
The rising threat of ISIS is far from the only crisis currently haunting the Middle East.
Not far away is the humanitarian nightmare that is the Gaza conflict. Many have died, including a large number of young children, due to heavy shelling by the Israeli military in their battle against the military wing of Hamas.
Amanpour asked the man in the United Nation's top office how he would plan to keep both Hamas and Israel accountable for their actions.
"The catastrophic tragedy which happened in Gaza is again totally unacceptable," Ban said. "We have to address root causes, there are many issues that have already been identified by the parties. What are the problems? I have been urging that all these issues must be resolved through a political negotiation.”
"I'm deeply concerned and disappointed that this even fragile ceasefire has not been kept, it has been broken again."
When it came to rebuilding Gaza, the U.N. secretary general was quite frank:
"We must reconstruct Gaza," Ban Ki-moon told Amanpour.
"But there is no point building when they are continually destroying. So we have built and they have destroyed. Built and destroyed, built and destroyed."
"We are ready to build, but there should be construction on the basis of a ceasefire and Middle Eastern peace."