​United Nations Secretary-General Calls For Unity In New Year

He says he's issuing a "red alert" to the world after a pretty turbulent year.
Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 31, 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has a message for the world going into 2018: unity.

Last year, Guterres appealed for 2017 "to be a year for peace," but says it was basically the opposite. This year he's ramping up his message's urgency factor. 

"On New Year's Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert — a red alert for our world," he said in a video message.

He expressed the need to "settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values," saying the world's future depends on its people working together. 

2017 has been a turbulent year.

Guterres cited increased concern over nuclear weapons, climate change impacts, a rise of nationalism and xenophobia, and "horrific" human rights violations.

But, ending on a less bleak note, Guterres sent his well wishes, and he did so in a way symbolic of unified efforts.

"I wish you peace and health in 2018. Thank you. Shokran. Xie Xie. Merci. Spasiba. Gracias. Obrigado," Guterres said.