2024 must be a year for rebuilding trust and restoring hope: UN Chief Antonio Guterres

BY | Sunday, 31 December, 2023

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today put emphasis on the global unity to strengthen Humanity in his message for the New Year. In his message, the UN chief Reflected on the pain and suffering afflicting humanity.

With conflicts persisting, claiming tens of thousands of civilian lives, many of them women and children, Guterres noted that millions have been driven from their homes, facing hunger and disease. At the same time, “the planet is peril”, Guterres said, which has been marked by record-breaking temperatures and worsening impacts of climate change.

“2023 has been a year of enormous suffering, violence, and climate chaos. 2023 is the hottest year on record; people are getting crushed by growing poverty and hunger; wars are growing in number and ferocity,” noted the Secretary-General

Guterres pointed out the scarcity of trust and emphasized that “pointing fingers and pointing guns lead nowhere.”

“Humanity is strongest when we stand together. We must come together across divides for shared solutions – for climate action, for economic opportunity and a fairer global financial system that delivers for all,” asserted Guterres.

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Calling out discrimination and hatred poisoning relations between countries and communities, he stressed the importance of ensuring that new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, serve as forces for good.

“The United Nations will keep rallying the world for peace, sustainable development and human rights,” affirmed the UN chief.

“2024 must be a year for rebuilding trust and restoring hope. Let’s resolve to make 2024 a year of building trust and hope in all that we can accomplish together,” Guterres urged, concluding with warm wishes for a happy and peaceful New Year.

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