Shared Values of Human Rights, Religious Freedom, Solidarity ‘a Road Map’ to Combat Racism, Secretary-General Tells Appeal of Conscience

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the fifty-seventh Appeal of Conscience Foundation annual awards dinner, in New York today:

It is a pleasure to greet the annual awards dinner of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation.  Allow me to begin by saluting our dear friend Rabbi Arthur Schneier.  Rabbi Schneier, we are grateful for your lifelong dedication to advancing shared values:  Human rights and dignity.  Religious freedom and mutual respect.  Compassion and solidarity.

In these trying times, these values are a road map.  To combat racism and tackle discrimination.  To strengthen social cohesion and protect our planet.  To reduce tensions, resolve conflicts, and nurture peace.  To build bridges between the faiths and foster peaceful coexistence.

I join you in recognizing this year’s awardees, including Mario Draghi for his leadership as Prime Minister of Italy and commitment to global solutions.

Once again, my thanks to all for your support of the United Nations — and for standing with us as we together strive towards a world of peace, prosperity, and dignity for all.  Thank you.

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