In his New Year message, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has urged nations across the globe to “commit to making 2022 a year of recovery for everyone.” In the pre-recorded message from New York, he said recovery must be from the pandemic and for the economy, mistrust and division, “with a new emphasis on science, facts and reason.”
“The world welcomes 2022 with our hopes for the future being tested by deepening poverty and worsening inequality…an unequal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines…climate commitments that fall short, and by ongoing conflict, division, and misinformation,” he said. He added that these were “not just policy tests” but “moral and real-life tests”.
António Guterres detailed how best the recovery should be done on each front. “The pandemic requires a bold plan to vaccinate every person, everywhere,” he added. The UN head also acknowledged that moments of great difficulty are also moments of great opportunity to come together in solidarity.
“At the same time, recovery from conflicts calls for a renewed spirit of dialogue, compromise and reconciliation while restoring our planet takes climate commitments that match the scale and urgency of the crisis,” he said.
Moments of great difficulty are also moments of great opportunity:
To come together in solidarity.
To unite behind solutions that can benefit all.
And to move forward with hope in what our human family can accomplish.
Together, let’s make recovery our resolution for 2022. pic.twitter.com/l72ISh0b7V
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) December 29, 2021
This is because difficult moments offer the chance “to unite behind solutions that can benefit all people. And to move forward together, with hope in what our human family can accomplish. “Together, let’s make recovery our resolution for 2022”, concluded the Secretary-General. “I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year”.