On January 1, the ninth UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the world community for the first time, calling on citizens and governments to make 2017 a year for peace. The video address is available on the United Nations’ YouTube channel.
In his message, released in seven languages including Russian, Guterres said that on his first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighed heavily on his heart: “how can we help millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight.” He went on to say that “civilians are pounded with deadly force, women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. And even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.” Guterres stressed that “no one wins these wars, everyone loses.”
According to the new UN Secretary-General, “trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Whole regions are destabilized and the new threat of global terrorism affects us all.”
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