Dec 29, 2020, 3:53 PM
Journalist ID: 1844
News Code: 84166265
0 Persons

Tags

UN Chief urges all to address climate change, COVID-19 pandemic

Tehran, Dec 29, IRNA - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his 2021 new year message said both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are crises that can only be addressed by everyone together – as part of a transition to an inclusive and sustainable future.

Guterres' message was e-mailed to IRNA by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran.

The full text of his message reads:

Dear Friends,

2020 has been a year of trials, tragedies, and tears.
COVID-19 upended our lives and plunged the world into suffering and grief.
So many loved ones have been lost — and the pandemic rages on, creating new waves of sickness and death.
Poverty, inequality, and hunger are rising. Jobs are disappearing and debts are mounting. Children are struggling.
Violence in the home is increasing, and insecurity is everywhere.
But a New Year lies ahead. And with it, we see rays of hope:
-    People extending a helping hand to neighbors and strangers;

-    Frontline workers giving their all;

-    Scientists developing vaccines in record time;

-    Countries making new commitments to prevent climate catastrophe.    
If we work together in unity and solidarity, these rays of hope can reach around the world.  
That’s the lesson of this most difficult year.  
Both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are crises that can only be addressed by everyone together – as part of a transition to an inclusive and sustainable future.
The central ambition of the United Nations for 2021 is to build a global coalition for carbon neutrality - net zero emissions - by 2050.
Every government, city, business, and individual can play a part in achieving this vision.
Together, let’s make peace among ourselves and with nature, tackle the climate crisis, stop the spread of COVID-19, and make 2021 a year of healing.  
Healing from the impact of a deadly virus. Healing broken economies and societies. Healing divisions. And starting to heal the planet.
That must be our New Year’s Resolution for 2021.
I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year, from the United Nations.

9376**2050

Follow us on Twitter @IrnaEnglish

Your Comment

You are replying to: .
captcha