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The UN Secretary-General Just Issued A 'Red Alert' For The World—Great

By Dana Levinson

On New Year's Eve, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, issued a dire warning video posted to his Twitter account. He dubbed it his 'red alert for our world': 

In the video, he states:

"When I took office a year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace ... Unfortunately, in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse. ... Global anxieties over nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War, and climate change is moving faster than we are. Inequalities are growing, and we see horrific violations of human rights. Nationalism and xenophobia are on the rise.”

He went on to say that he wasn't issuing an appeal to action, but a red alert. Later, he states:

"I truly believe we can make our world more safe and secure. We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values but we can only do that together ... I urge leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals. Unity is the path. Our future depends on it."