Marred by Divisions, Inequalities, Humanity Must Come Together to Preserve Rights, Dignity, Secretary-General Says in International Day of Human Fraternity Message

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Human Fraternity, observed on 4 February:

On this International Day of Human Fraternity, we celebrate the spirit of mutual respect and solidarity that binds us together as one human family.

Today, these values are being severely tested.  Our world is marred by divisions, conflicts, and inequalities.  Discrimination is running rampant.  We must come together to protect and uphold human rights, combat hate speech and violent extremism, and push back against those who profit from fear.

We can take inspiration from the declaration “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” — co-authored by His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El Tayeb — to work towards a world where dialogue, compassion, and human dignity prevail.

Let us reaffirm our commitment to bridging divides, fostering religious understanding and cooperation among people of all cultures and beliefs.  Together, let us forge a path towards a more peaceful, just and harmonious world for all.

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