A world in crisis for the UN General Assembly

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A world in crisis for the UN General Assembly

During a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 15, a minute of silence was observed to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

As humanity faces an unprecedented accumulation of crises, some 150 leaders are expected in New York next week for the United Nations General Assembly shaken by the deep divisions stemming from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Our world is damaged by war, hit by climate chaos, bruised by hatred, covered in shame by poverty and inequality, hammered a few days before this annual high mass the Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres.

But the geostrategic divisions that have never been greater since at least the Cold War […] paralyze the global response to these dramatic challenges, he said alarmed, calling to come together to find solutions.

A hope for unity which however seems out of reach, as evidenced by the debates around the virtual appearance of the Ukrainian president.

Due to COVID-19, in 2020 and 2021, speeches by leaders at the General Assembly were held at least in part by video.

This year, back to the usual rules: to have the right to speak at the General Assembly from Tuesday, you must be present. With the notable exception of Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Ukrainian leader was indeed authorized by a special vote of the General Assembly on Friday to transmit a pre-recorded message. To the chagrin of Russia, which denounced a politicization of a procedural question.

If he would have been the star of this General Assembly if he came, even on video, his speech will attract a thousand times more attention than most of the speeches of the other leaders present, commented Richard Gowan, analyst at the International Crisis Group, which calls on him to be careful, however.

Because many non-Western politicians resent the West for focusing on Ukraine, he told AFP.

“Countries are concerned that while we are focusing on Ukraine, we are not paying enough attention to other crises around the world. This is not the case.

—Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the UN

The world keeps turning. We cannot ignore what is happening in the rest of the world, she noted, emphasizing in particular the food crisis which will be at the center of several events.

French President Emmanuel Macron will be keen […] to dialogue with the partners of the South so as not to allow this idea of ​​the West to settle against the rest of the world, we also indicate to l'Elysée, ensuring that the climate emergency will also be at the heart of all concerns.

Developing countries, the least responsible for global warming, but who are the first victims, are tired of climate action too often taking a back seat.

We have no more time to waste, launched the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda Walton Webson, president of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) who hopes for commitments in terms of climate financing.

On Thursday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

Two months before the COP27 climate conference in Egypt, Antonio Guterres should not miss the opportunity to reiterate the urgency to act during his speech to act. opening on Tuesday and during a round table behind closed doors for frank exchanges with a few leaders.

Ahead of the parade of speeches from the rostrum from Tuesday, the general secretary maintained his education summit on Monday, but fewer leaders are expected to attend due to the London funeral of Elizabeth II .

The Queen's funeral also still raises a number of doubts about the course of the week in New York, where the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss will give her first major speech since taking office.

Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro was also confirmed on Tuesday, as were Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Frenchman Emmanuel Macron. While the host United States speaks normally at the start, Joe Biden's speech is postponed until Wednesday.

If this year marks the return of the leaders of #x27;a vast majority of countries on the planet – though with a few notable absentees, such as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping – restrictions still remain in place: delegations have had to reduce their size and media accreditations have been limited. Wearing a mask will also be compulsory.

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