On the last day of the year, Secretary-General to the United Nations, António Guterres, released a video pointing out the backwards slide the political world took across the world and what must take place in order for 2018 to be a successful year.
In the message, recorded and uploaded to the official United Nations youtube page, Guterres says:
‘Happy New Year. When I took office one year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace. Unfortunately- in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse. On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert, a red alter, for our world.’
Guterres noted that new conflicts came about in 2017, and others have only gotten worse. According to Guterres:
‘Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War.’
Guterres pointed out the rise around the world in xenophobia and nationalism.
‘I truly believe we can make our world more safe and secure. We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together.’
With tensions running high between the United States and other countries, namely North Korea, the threat of war breaking out is a tangible thing. The relationship between the United States and the United Nations is strained, thanks for the 45th president of the United States.
You can watch the full recording in the video below:
Below are some of the top reactions that Twitter users had to UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s video plea, including a response from Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General Partnerships International Federation of Red Cross & Crecent Societies:
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