World leaders return to United Nations with focus on pandemics and climate


File photo: United Nations Headquarters attended the 75th UN General Assembly High-Level Segment on September 21, 2020, primarily due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in New York City, USA Can be done Reuters / Mike Seger / File photo

September 19, 2021

Michelle Nichols

United Nations (Reuters) – World leaders return to the United Nations in New York this week to focus on stepping up their efforts to tackle both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. ..

About a third of the 193 UN states plan to resend the video as the coronavirus remains angry over the unfair vaccine rollout, but the remaining presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers will travel to the United States .

The United States has tried to dissuade leaders from coming to New York to prevent the United Nations General Assembly from becoming a “high profile event”, but President Joe Biden is his first visit to the UN since joining active. Address the General Assembly directly. The so-called United Nations honor system means that anyone who enters the meeting room does state that they are vaccinated, but no proof is required.

This system breaks when the first country, Brazil, takes the floor. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is skeptical of the vaccine and said last week that he did not need an injection because he was already immune after being infected with COVID-19.

If he changed his mind, New York City set up a van outside the United Nations for a week, offering free tests and free single-dose injections of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Reuters that a discussion of the number of traveling diplomats who could have been immunized showed “how dramatic the inequalities are today when it comes to immunization.” . He said he was. He is pushing for a global plan to vaccinate 70% of the world by the first half of next year.

Of the 5.7 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine administered worldwide, only 2% have been infected in Africa. Biden will host a virtual meeting of Washington executives and CEOs on Wednesday to promote global vaccine distribution.

Showing US concerns about COVID-19 over the UN rally, Biden will stay in New York for about 24 hours, meet with Guterres on Monday, and deliver his first UN speech shortly after Bolsonaro on Tuesday.

Her UN envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Biden “will be talking about our top priorities. Ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Fight climate change … and human rights, democracy and the international. Defense of order according to traditional rules. “

Due to the pandemic, the UN delegation is much more limited and most spectator events are virtual or a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face. Other topics ministers are expected to discuss during the week are Afghanistan and Iran.

But before the annual speech begins, Guterres and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will start Monday’s summit week to save the United Nations summit in Glasgow, Scotland from failure on October 31.

As scientists warn that global warming is getting dangerously out of control, the United Nations COP26 is funding far more ambitious actions against climate change and associated participants around the world. The goal is to collect.

“It’s time to sound the alarm,” Guterres told Reuters last week. “We are on the brink.

(Report by Michelle Nichols, Supplementary Report by Anthony Boadle, edited by Leslie Adler)

World leaders return to United Nations with focus on pandemics and climate


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