Sep 21, 2021, 10:46 AM
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UN Chief: Global issues to be solved by sustainable peace

Tehran, IRNA - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message for International Day of Peace, 21 September 2021, said by working in solidarity for a lasting, sustainable peace every day, we can tackle the issues facing us.

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

The full text of his message reads:

This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a crisis point for humanity. 

COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down.

Conflicts are spinning out of control. 

The climate emergency is worsening.

Inequality and poverty are deepening.

And mistrust and division are driving people apart at a time when solidarity and collaboration are needed more than ever.

As a human family, we face a stark choice — Peace or perpetual peril.

We must choose peace.

That is why I call for a 24-hour ceasefire today.

And by working in solidarity for a lasting, sustainable peace every day, we can tackle the issues facing us.

We need peace to urgently deliver lifesaving vaccines and treatment for COVID-19.

We need peace to recover from the pandemic and re-build shattered systems and shattered lives.

We need peace to level the playing field and reduce inequalities.

We need peace to renew trust in one another — and faith in facts and science.

And we need to make peace with nature — to heal our planet, build a green economy, and achieve our net-zero targets.

Peace is not a naïve dream.

It’s a light in the darkness.

Guiding us to the only pathway to a better future for humanity.

Let’s walk the pathway of peace as if our lives depended on it.

Because they do.

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