War, climate change, famine: Can the UN fix the world’s current challenges?

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As global leaders met for the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, the signs of the challenges they faced were impossible to ignore.

On a dusty sidewalk in midtown Manhattan, hours after Vladimir Putin threatened to unleash a nuclear strike in his war against Ukraine, a young man with a thick hipster beard is holding up a handmade sign emblazoned with the words: Putin Is A War Criminal Killer.

Protesters make a fire and block the street during a protest over the death of a woman who was detained by the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran.But this year’s event - set in the shadows of the brutal war in Ukraine, China’s aggression over Taiwan, the existential threat of climate change, food insecurity and economic uncertainty - was also a potent reminder that the global dynamics have been upended.

“No words of condemnation can stop the Russian army,” Kuleba later explained. “What can stop them is the Ukrainian army equipped with modern weapons coming from our partners - and this is the topic of virtually every conversation I’m having here in New York.”In a national address on Wednesday morning in Moscow, Putin declared a partial military mobilisation to call up as many as 300,000 reservists, resulting in angry protests and a rush of would-be conscripts fleeing the country.

And US president Joe Biden accused Putin of showing “reckless disregard” for Russia’s responsibilities as a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, telling UN members: “This is a war about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people.Advertisement

He then walked out almost immediately, refusing to listen to other nations as they stepped up their condemnation of Moscow’s latest threats.

Source: Energy Industry News (energyindustrynews.net)

 

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