Dear fellow citizens of the world,
I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year.
Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test.
Corruption is present in all countries, rich and poor, North and South.
It is an assault on the values of the United Nations.
It robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources.
There are approximately 1 billion volunteers across the globe, who dedicate their time, skills and passion to make the world a better place. They are often the first to act in moments of crisis. They create social bonds and give a voice to marginalized and vulnerable groups.