Today, January 1, António Guterres became the new UN Secretary General. His new mission as head of the United Nations, he began with a video message to the peoples of the world, according to the UN News Center.
"Today, in the first day of my tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations a question worries me: how to help the millions of people who have become hostages of conflicts, who, surviving the war, are experiencing unbearable suffering?" - Antonio Guterres appealed to the international community.
He stressed that many civilians live under a hail of deadly bombings and shootings. Even hospitals and convoys were attacked.
"In these wars there are no winners - only losers. Trillions of dollars are spent on the destruction of the social and economic base, thus spinning a spiral of mistrust and fear. And this vicious cycle can persist for several generations", said the new head of the United Nations.
He appealed to all calling to fight for peace. "Peace must be our goal, our guiding star. Everything that moves ahead our human family is hope and aspiration for a decent life, progress and prosperity - depends on whether we will live in peace. And it depends on us", said the new UN secretary-general from Portugal.