The United Nations has lamented that 2023 was the year of suffering and violence across the countries.
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres disclosed this in a solemn video message released on the eve of 2024.
Recalled that there was an insurrection that broke out on April 15, 2023, in Khartoum and the Darfur region, Sudan where the Sudanese Armed Forces, under Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, under Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, were locked in a fierce tussle for power control.
Our correspondent reports that on July 26, 2023, there was a coup in the Niger Republic where democratically elected and constitutionally installed President Mohamed Bazoum, was illegally detained by Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani. This led the Economic Community of West African States to freeze all service transactions, including energy transactions to Niger.
Also, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip said at least 21,320 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory since the war with Israel erupted on October 7.
Addressing the world, Guterres said, “2023 has been a year of enormous suffering, violence, and climate chaos.
“Humanity is in pain. Our planet is in peril. 2023 is the hottest year on record. People are getting crushed by growing poverty and hunger. Wars are growing in number and ferocity. And trust is in short supply.
“But pointing fingers and pointing guns lead nowhere.”
He urgently called for unity and concerted efforts to overcome the pressing challenges that lie ahead.
“Humanity is strongest when we stand together. 2024 must be a year for rebuilding trust and restoring hope.
“We must come together across divides for shared solutions. For climate action.
“For economic opportunity and a fairer global financial system that delivers for all.
“Together, we must stand up against the discrimination and hatred that are poisoning relations between countries and communities. And we must make sure new technologies such as artificial intelligence are a force for good.
“The United Nations will keep rallying the world for peace, sustainable development and human rights.
“Let’s resolve to make 2024 a year of building trust and hope in all that we can accomplish together.”
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