2018: UN chief issues ‘alert’ to the world

Berlin, Germany - November 04: Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees of UNHCR, attends a press conference in german foreign office on November 04, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)

As year 2017 winds down, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has issued what he termed “a red alert for the world” ahead of the year 2018.

The UN chief, in a New Year message, expressed regret that in 2017, the world went in reverse to the appeal for peace.

He said that when he assumed office one year ago, he had appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.

Mr. Guterres said: “On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert – a red alert for our world.

“Conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged. Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War.

“Climate change is moving faster than we are. Inequalities are growing.

“We see horrific violations of human rights. Nationalism and xenophobia are on the rise”.

As the world begins 2018, the UN chief called for global unity.

Mr. Guterres added that he truly believed we could make our world more safe and secure.

“We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together,” he said.

The UN chief urged leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution:

“Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals.”

Mr. Guterres, who assumed office on January 1, 2017, stressed that in 2018, “unity is the path” adding, “our future depends on it”.

“I wish you peace and health in 2018. Thank you. Shokran. Xie Xie. Merci. Spasiba. Gracias. Obrigado,” the ninth UN chief concluded. (NAN)


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  • Bassey Frank

    I believe our Muslim fundamentalists have heard this appeal for peace. They are the greatest threat to human existence on this planet earth. If they pick-pigheadedly stick to their blood-letting moves, they will be buried in their own graves as Thunder will strike them all dead from heaven.

    • Henry_Itopa

      You happen to be one of the people spreading hate and disunity that he refers to. You are no different from the fundamentalists.

      • Bassey Frank

        If you are not one, why bother Sir?

        • Henry_Itopa

          Your comment makes no sense whatsoever. But I wish you and yours peace in the new year. Happy New Year

  • Correct man

    This is the best message so far in decades. God bless this man. I pray Nigerian evil and wicked and clueless leaders heed this advise and bridge the widening inequalities.

    • ACTION MAN in ACTION

      Forget Nigeria bro. Its still sleeping. Just find a way to make yourself, your family, your neighbours happy in your own little way. Thinking about Nigeria and its every increasing evil leaders is a waste of our time and energy. Nigeria will never ever change for good with the kind of leaders we have and continue to breed.

  • obiora

    UN must work Harder for Justice so that pease will come. There will be no global Unity with out Trust. If ther is no justice there will be no pease and if there is no Trust there will be no Global Unity.