The persecution of humans, civil displacement, minority statelessness and the number of victims of conflicts along with the erosion of basic human rights accompanied with stoked divisiveness, were all prevalent and on the increase in 2017, as the stage became set for a larger divide between the 'haves and the have-nots'. These agitations have been set against a backdrop of a pressured environment strained by the effects of mankind.
Therefore, in 2018, the peoples of Planet Earth must rise up to end all practices that threaten the serenity and peace of humankind's continuity on Earth.
Change rests with all the people and unless we stand-up for life, liberty, equality and the rule of law, our Planet run a great risk of descending into an unhealthy environ consumed by violence, divisiveness and conflict.
So as the New Year dawns, we toast and urge all peoples to rise in order to safeguard all human rights and the protection of our sole-shared environment.
Happy New Year!