António Guterres, who has taken over as United Nations 9th secretary-general in the new year, called on the global community to work for overcoming violent differences in search of long-lasting peace.
Guterres said, how can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars in different parts of the world.
After 10 years with Secretary-General Ban at the helm of the United Nations, many people are putting their hopes into Guterres to bring a new dynamic into situations that have been deadlocked for years.
Guterres, who replaced Ban Ki-Moon of South Korea, urged all the citizens, governments and leaders to overcome differences. He said no one wins these wars, but that everyone loses.
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So as Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya and global crises from terrorism to climate change, US support for the United Nations remains a question mark. Guterres, the former UN high commissioner for refugees, also hoped to meet United States President-elect Donald Trump soon.
Ban, the outgoing secretary-general, told his colleagues at the United Nations in his final address Friday that he is "so very proud" to have worked with them for the past 10 years. He was elected to the post by the General Assembly in October.
Secretary General António Guterres called for peace in his first speech. He said peace should be a guide when seeking cease-fires or compromise while negotiating solutions to problems. He is also facing the unpredictable U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has openly criticized the organization on Twitter as a "club for people to get together, talk and have a good time" and said that "things will be different after January 20th".
Nevertheless, Guterres's diplomatic skills could be put to the test in dealing with Mr. Trump, who has vocally dismissed the United Nations on multiple occasions, tweeting last week that the worldwide organization is "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time".