U.N. Chief Guterres Appeals for Peace and Understanding in a World of Conflict

Why can’t we all get along? Antonio Guterres, frustrated U.N. Secretary-General, asked the metaphorical question “Why can’t we all get along?” He warned that the world might be headed towards an end of peace. “wider war”The Russia-Ukraine Conflict is adding tensions to the already existing strains “climate change.”

Guterres, who addressed the U.N. General Assembly of 193 members, presenting 2023 priorities, decried Russia’s invasion in Ukraine and stated that the war was unnecessary. “inflicting untold suffering on the Ukrainian people with profound global implications.”

He demanded combatants from all sides lay down their arms and seek the intervention of U.N. peace negotiators to deliver reconciliation, invoking this year’s 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a reminder of the inalienable rights of all people is “freedom, justice and peace.”

He cited the Ukraine conflict to be a major threat to global trust and solidarity, and called on all nations to return to the U.N. Charter which requires peaceful resolution of any disputes.

File/Antonio Guterres (U.N. Secretary General) and Klaus Schwab (Founder and Executive Chair, World Economic Forum, WEF), speaking at the Session Cooperation for Peace – A New Vision for U.N. at Annual Meeting 2017, the WEF, Davos on January 19, 2017. (World Economic Forum / Boris Baldinger/ Flickr).

“The prospects for peace keep diminishing,”He lamented. “The chances of further escalation and bloodshed keep growing.

“I fear the world is not sleepwalking into a wider war. I fear it is doing so with its eyes wide open.”

The veteran Portuguese Socialist fears any resort to nuclear weapons might challenge the very future of mankind.

“The so-called ‘tactical’ use of nuclear weapons is absurd,”He called for all countries with nuclear arms to cease the use of nuclear weapons. A nuclear war could be accidental or planned, and we are now at greatest risk for this in the last decades. We need to end the threat posed by 13,000 nuclear weapons held in arsenals around the world.”

Secretary-General also called on the United Nations to intensify peace efforts against gang-led Haiti and Myanmar military rule, both of which face new violence.

Proposed new U.N. He said that the Agenda for Peace is a positive step towards peace. “a new generation of peace enforcement missions and counter-terrorist operations, led by regional forces,”With a U.N. Security Council mandate, that can be enforced militarily with guaranteed funding. “The African Union is an obvious partner in this regard,”He added.

Guterres stated that diplomats in 2023 should be “a year of game-changing climate action,” not of excuses — and there must be “no more bottomless greed of the fossil fuel industry and its enablers.”

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