The United Nations (UN) has expressed lamentation over year 2020, describing it to have brought trials, tragedies and tears, with coronavirus plunging the world into suffering and grief.
Penpushing reports that, the Secretary General of the World body, Antonio Guterres, made the observations in his new year message, but expressed optimism that the new year,2021will bring rays of hope.
‘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’, he recalled.
‘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’.
Penpushing further reports that, the United Nations (UN) scribe said he was optimism that the New Year will bring positive development to the world, contrary to sad experiences of last year
‘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.
Penpushing also reports that, Guterres pointed out that, ‘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 Secretary General disclosed that 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 2021a 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’. Guterres said
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