TODAY'S HEADLINES

Philippines, China to hold direct talks on sea row: DFA 29-Mar-17, 4:23 PM | Agence France-Presse

As NPA turns 48, CPP bares new, younger leadership 29-Mar-17, 8:01 AM | InterAksyon.com

'MYTH?' | Young ‘palit ulo’ victim laid to rest in Navotas 29-Mar-17, 2:16 PM | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com (text and photos)

US praises China over fentanyl fight 28-Mar-17, 9:16 PM | Agence France-Press

Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies 29-Mar-17, 6:03 AM | Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason, Reuters

Special Features | World

WATCH | 'Let us make 2017 a year for peace'

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres (AFP file)

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

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 day.

Let us make 2017 a year for peace.

Thank you.

 

advertisement
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES STORIES
OTHER WORLD STORIES
BREAKING NEWS