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15 April, 2020


A letter for UN Secretary-General

In an appeal issued last week, UN secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against Covid-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind.

A letter was sent to Mr Gutierrez by the International Center of the Movement for politics and policy for unity and New Humanity NGO, both affiliated with the Focolare Movement. One of the signers of the letter was Réka Szemerkényi as co-president of Mppu.

So this letter will be the basis for our discussion on April 15th. 


Rome, March 25, 2020

Your Excellency,

Dear Secretary-General Guterres,

We are writing to you to express our strongest support and commitment to the goals that were expressed in the Appeal you launched on Monday March 23, 2020, reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic,for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.

Your Appeal resonated greatly in our hearts. Like yours, our hearts are heavy to see the many ongoing military conflicts in the world. Like you, we strongly believe that the nations of the world cannot waste time fighting each other, instead of looking for solutions to our challenges and working for our common good together. Like you, we believe that only through unity can we stand a chance for the 21st century. Like you, we have realized and made it our guiding principle that beyond all differences, Humanity, in reality, is one.

This is why we felt it so important to react immediately to your Appeal. The global spread of COVID-19 has to remind all of us that, as you said, the gravest of threats truly unite us. As you so rightly noted, major threats such as viruses do not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or face, they make the inevitable truth obvious: that Humanity in one. We belong together and have to start
thinking together.

Through this pandemic, the World has gotten in a grave situation in which there is no time or energy for spending on conflict and hatred. Yet there are still so many wars ravaging so many countries, destroying entire national systems, depleting resources and leaving only suffering behind.

We find your Appeal truly inspiring: there has to be an immediate cease fire in all corners of the world, to put armed conflict in a lock down, the warrying parties to put aside their animosity and focus together on the true fight of our lives, to make this world a better one. Your reaction to the pandemic showed that your leadership is taking the United Nations exactly to what its highest mission
is: to focus the attention and energies of all Nations to the interests and values of all of Humanity.

We are reaching out to you now to respond to your message: Mr. Secretary-General, the Appeal you have just launched is most timely and is of the greatest importance for Humanity. We want to take the momentum and to ensure you of our support to the goals expressed in it: to develop corridors for life saving aid and to launch global cooperation to respond best to the pandemic.

Mr. Secretary-General, we want to ensure you of our support and partnership with you in order to create the global dynamics of coalition building and genuine dialogue that is so fundamental to respond to these most compelling challenges ahead of Humanity. Fighting COVID-19 cannot be possible without the international community's cooperation and support, both for providing the necessary humanitarian support as well as for developing novel solutions for the global economy.

It is our firm belief that decision-makers with global impact both in politics as well as in economics have a special responsibility today: in this unprecedented situation, they have to develop new answers and new tools that, starting with the protection of the most vulnerable, will lead the World into new, more equitable and fundamentally sustainable structures of cooperation.

Our organization, New Humanity, together with its Movement Politics and Policy for Unity, MPPU, was founded on the belief and conviction that Humanity is indeed one, and that no real challenges ahead of Humankind can be solved without understanding this most profound belonging together and without establishing sympathy and cooperation. The many concrete examples from all corners of the world that we have gained in working for these goals over the decades of experience have proven to us that this belief is capable of moving people's and peoples' minds and hearts, thereby transforming communities, small and large.

Your Appeal opens the way for responding to the greatest challenges for Humanity: to find common solutions to the current challenges and beyond. So that when the World recovers from the pandemic, we recover into a more cooperative and inclusive international system, with a clear and strong
focus to reach out to all and to create a more equitable global structure and a more sustainable, more inclusive economy in all our countries.
Supporting your Appeal,

Dr. Réka Szemerkényi - Co-President - Mppu International Center

Dr. Marco Desalvo -President - New Humanity NGO

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