'Let Us Make 2017 a Year for Peace'
By Antonio Guterres
Albanian Daily News
Published December 30, 2016

On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question
weighs heavily on my heart.

How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering
massively in wars with no end in sight?

Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are
killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even
hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.

No one wins these wars; everyone loses. Trillions of dollars are spent
destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that
can last for generations. Whole regions are destabilized and the new threat of
global terrorism affects us all.

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 us make 2017 a year in which we all - citizens, governments, leaders
- strive to overcome our differences.

From solidarity and compassion in our daily lives, to dialogue and
respect across political divides... From ceasefires on the battlefield, to
compromise at the negotiating table to reach political solutions...

Peace must be our goal and our guide.

All that we strive for as a human family - dignity and hope, progress
and prosperity - depends on peace. 

But peace depends on us.

I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace, today and every

Let us make 2017 a year for peace.

Thank you. 

Antonio Guterres - UN Secretary-General

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