UN chief urges world to make 2017 "a year for peace"

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Geneva

The UN Secretary-General is calling on citizens, governments and leaders around the world to make 2017 a year for peace.

António Guterres made the appeal ahead of New Year's Day, asking people to join him in making this shared resolution.

The new threat of global terrorism affects everyone, he said, noting that whole regions are presently destabilized by various crises.

Jocelyne Sambira has the details.

In his message for the New Year, the Secretary-General urged people to try to overcome their differences and make a daily commitment to peace.

António Guterres was selected in an unprecedented and open process from 14 candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General.

The former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees becomes the ninth UN chief and succeeds Ban Ki-moon.

Mr Guterres began his first day in office by sharing a question which he says "weighs heavily" on his 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."

Peace must be our goal and our guide, the Secretary-General said.

António Guterres will initially serve a five-year term, which may be renewed for another five years.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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