The Secretary General of the United Nations will remind the leaders of the states that the world is facing a “great danger”. After a three-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the United Nations General Assembly is meeting in New York for the first time in physical presence. Among the leading issues are: armed conflicts; climatic cataclysms; growing poverty and inequality; The hostile relationship between the states, which was further deepened by Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
World leaders will address the General Assembly today. Traditionally, Brazil would be the first, because historically, in the early sessions, when other countries were silent, Brazil took the initiative to open the General Assembly. The second speaker was supposed to be the president of the United States this year, but since Joe Biden was in London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, his address was postponed until Wednesday.
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Ahead of speeches by world leaders, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted that the planet is practically “literally burning” and that leaders now face a “huge” mission to save it.
In addition, the fight against Covid-19 remains an acute problem. Due to the pandemic and many other reasons, including limited access to finance, developing countries have found it even more difficult to deal with economic problems. The ground will be cleared for the fight for education, healthcare, women’s rights. Such crises “have not happened in generations”, said Guterres.
The Secretary General of the United Nations with his keynote speech, the so-called Addressing the world, he will appear today at the highest level representative meeting of the states. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres’ address would be a “sober” vision, a “substantive” assessment and a “problem-oriented” speech to a world in which “geopolitical watersheds pose risks to us all.” In his speech, there will be no “embellishment of the events, although it also presents hopeful reasons for their resolution”, Dujarric told the UN-accredited journalists on Monday.
Discussions at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly are expected to be overshadowed by the ongoing war in Ukraine, the first major armed conflict in Europe since World War II. Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine once again exacerbated the existing problems, deepening the food crisis and confrontation between the world’s leading countries to a level not seen since the Cold War.
Leaders of 150 states are gathering at this year’s assembly. This indicates that in a divided world full of contradictions, the United Nations remains the main gathering place for presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. In their speeches, they usually talk not only about their problems and views, but also hold private meetings where they discuss current challenges and ways to solve them.