BREAKING: The U.N. General Assembly convenes with leaders in attendance for the first time since the pandemic began. World leaders face a formidable agenda of escalating crises, including the still-raging pandemic and a relentlessly warming planet.
NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations foremost gathering for the first time in two years on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda of escalating crises to tackle, including the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic and a relentlessly warming planet.
Last year, no leaders came to the U.N. because the coronavirus was sweeping the globe, so all addresses from leaders were prerecorded, though some resident ambassadors spoke. This year, the General Assembly offered leaders a choice — come to New York or remain online. More than 100 decided to appear in person in the General Assembly hall.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who opens the weeklong event, “will pull no punches in expressing his concern about the state of the world, and he will lay out a vision to bridge the numerous divides that stand in the way of progress,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Guterres has already demonstrated that in pointed pre-meeting remarks about the virus and climate change.
ADVERTISEMENT“I’m here to sound the alarm. The world must wake up,” Guterres said in his first words after convening the meeting.By tradition, the first country to speak is Brazil, whose president, Jair Bolsonaro, isn’t vaccinated. He reiterated last Thursday that he doesn’t plan to get the shot any time soon, justifying his refusal by saying he had COVID-19 and therefore has a high level of antibodies. headtopics.com
A key issue ahead of the meetings has been COVID-19 entry requirements for leaders to the United States — and to the U.N. headquarters itself. The U.S. requires a vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test, and the U.N. will operate on an honor system whereby anyone entering the complex attests that they do not have symptoms and have not tested positive in the last 10 days.Read more: The Associated Press »
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“World leaders face a formidable agenda of escalating crises” Shouldn’t they be meeting to de-escalate crises? the taliban may be ruling in afghanistan but they are not leaders UN must address this potential crisis. Just less than a month from pulling out of Afghan, US wasted no time in pushing out AUKUS and cultivated another conflict zone. US once again fulfilling its title as 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World' (Jimmy Carter)
The printers are warming up for those sternly worded letters.