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UN’s Antonio Guterres Calls for Unity to Tackle World’s ‘Overwhelming’ Challenges in 2018

Rabat – The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has issued a “red alert” on the 2018 New Year eve, calling for unity among the international community in order to face the world’s “challenges and defend values shared by all.”

A video published on the UN official website features an alert message by Guterres. “On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert – a red alert for our world,” said Guterres in his message.

The UN official said that when he assumed office as  Secretary General, he “appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.” However, the Secretary General’s dreams for peace were not reachable. The UN chief noted that “unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world went in reverse.”

For Guterres,  peace cannot be achieved unless there is unity in the world. “As we begin 2018, I call for unity. […] We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together,” he added.

Recalling the climate change threats, Guterres said that the impacts of climate change worsened at an alarming rate. The Secretary General warned also against  the “inequalities and the horrific violations of human rights” that occurred throughout this year.

The UN chief then said that all the challenges faced by the world can be curbed through unity.

Addressing the world’s leaders, Gutress said that “unity is the path. Our future depends on it.” The Secretary General called on head of states throughout the world to resolve in the New Year to  “narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals.”


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