New York, January 17: While the black shadow of terrorism casting its grip over many countries, UN Chief António Guterres will convene a Summit of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies to advance multilateral cooperation. On Tuesday, he outlined areas for action in 2018 reviewing the current scenario.
“I took office last year calling for us to make 2017 a year for peace. One year later, we must recognize that peace remains elusive,” the Secretary-General said in his informal briefing to the UN Member States on his top concerns for 2018.
He said that conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged, global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War, and climate change is moving faster than counter-measures.
Further, inequalities are growing, horrific violations of human rights are ongoing, and nationalism, racism and xenophobia are on the rise, he added, stressing the need for greater unity and courage to “set the world on track towards a better future.”