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Guterres: 2017 should be year of peace on Earth
10:18, 2 January 2017
Guterres: 2017 should be year of peace on Earth

New UN Secretary General endorses peace across the globe

10:18, 2 January 2017

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The newly-minted leader of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, turned to the international society in his first speech in this office. He appealed for the worldwide peace throughout 2017.

‘On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first. Let it be a year in which we all strive to overcome differences. Peace must be our goal and our guide. I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace, today and every day. Let us make 2017 a year for peace,’ Guterres said in his video message recorded on the first day of his service as UN Secretary General.

The video is taken from the UN official Youtube channel:

The official said one of his key tasks would be maintaining and enriching diplomatic contacts to support peace, to strengthen the global potential in terms of prevention and regulation of conflicts.

Guterres stressed he’d put efforts to solve issues of those who became hostages of wars and conflicts in Syria, Southern Sudan, Yemen and Burundi.

‘There are no winners there, only losers,’ he said.

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