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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on United Nations Day 2020
20 Oct 2020 -  The 75th anniversary of the United Nations falls in the middle of a global pandemic. Our founding mission is more critical than ever.
To promote human dignity.
Protect human rights.
Respect international law.
And save humanity from war.
When the pandemic hit, I called for a global ceasefire.
In our world today, we have one common enemy: COVID-19.
Now is the time for a stepped-up push for peace to achieve a global ceasefire. The clock is ticking.
We must also make peace with our planet.
The climate emergency threatens life itself.
We must mobilize the whole world to reach carbon neutrality -- net zero emissions of greenhouse gasses by 2050.
A growing number of countries and companies have already pledged to meet this goal.
Around the world, we must do more to end human suffering from poverty, inequality, hunger and hatred -- and fight discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or any other distinction. The months of pandemic have seen a horrific rise in violence against women and girls.