As each one of us are making resolutions for this new year, United Nations (UN) decides on the common resolutions on behalf of Mother Earth.
Antonio Guterres, officially took oath as the ninth UN Secretary-General, on the first day of 2017. As soon as he took the office, he took the resolution for 2017, on behalf of all the citizens. He pledged to make 2017 a year for peace. Mr. Guterres has made clear that his top priority will be preventing crises and promoting peace.
On the eve of New Year, Mr. Guterres said in an appeal for peace, “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”.
As Guterres begins his five-year tenure, he is already facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya. In addition to this, global crises like terrorism, climate change are already on his desk among other issues.
The support from the US is a major concern as it is a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council. Furthermore, it pays 22% of UN’s regular budget and 25% of its peacekeeping budget. Mr. Guterres, in this regard, said, he will do his best to keep the relation amiable.
“Let us make 2017 a year in which we all — citizens, governments, leaders — strive to overcome our differences,” the new secretary-general said.
Regarding the difficulties, he said, there is a lack of “capacity” in the international community to prevent conflicts. He also added that the countries need to develop the diplomacy for peace.
He said he will strive to deal with the inequalities that globalisation and technological progress have deepened.
He also mentioned that today’s children must inherit peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.
Guterres also wants to reform the United Nations into an “efficient and effective” body. He said, “it must focus more on delivery and less on process, more on people and less on bureaucracy”. Let’s hope, unlike most of our resolutions, Mother Earth’s resolutions made by UN are successfully achieved with all our efforts.