2016 brought both shocking news and signs of hope. Refugee and humanitarian crises gripped the world's attention. Hurricane Mathew left thousands displaced. Meanwhile the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force. Efforts were made toward peace in Colombia, Yemen, and elsewhere. An end to the Cuban embargo drew closer. And the UN appointed António Guterres as its new Secretary-General to lead as it strives to meet the myriad challenges we face as a world community.
The goals of the United Nations are shared and supported by prominent individuals around the world who participate in UN programs to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the Organization. Through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, they contribute to the realization of the ideas of peace and humanity.