Peace is at the heart of all our work at the United Nations.
And we know peace is much more than a world free of war.
It means resilient, stable societies where everyone can enjoy fundamental freedoms and thrive rather than struggle to meet basic needs.
Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency, which threatens our security, our livelihoods and our lives.
That is why it is the focus of this year’s International Day of Peace.
And it’s why I am convening a Climate Action Summit.
This is a global crisis.
Only by working together can we make our only home peaceful, prosperous and safe for us and future generations.
On this International Day of Peace, I urge all of you: take concrete climate action and demand it of your leaders.
This is a race we can and must win.
Watch Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s video message: