A live coverage of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in 2023
- In New York City, more than 140 world leaders are meeting to discuss pressing world issues as part of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.
- As the UN’s most anticipated annual event, the General Debate allows leaders to address issues of international concern for 15 minutes each.
- Only one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council will be represented by its top leader: the United States. There will be an appearance by its president, Joe Biden.
- Volodymyr Zelenskyy will attend the General Assembly for the first time since Russia invaded his country in February 2022.
‘Normalization’ between Israel and the Arab world is hailed by Biden
Biden praised a newly announced rail link between India and Europe through Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Despite relentless efforts to support a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, this shows how Israel’s greater normalisation and economic connections with its neighbors is producing positive and practical results,” he said.
African coups are rejected by Biden
In support of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Biden has spoken out against coups in Niger and Gabon.
Our values are what make us strong, and we will not retreat from them. He said, “We will defend democracy, which is the best tool we have to deal with the global challenges we face.”
A multinational force for Haiti is being urged by Biden to be authorized by the UN Security Council
A multinational force has been proposed by Vice President Biden to help restore security in Haiti, which is still plagued by rampant gang violence.
Kenya was also thanked by Biden for agreeing to lead the force.
The possible mission can be read more about here.
Biden calls for global cooperation, saying “our future is bound to yours”
According to US President Joe Biden, countries around the world have a common future and need to collaborate to tackle global challenges.
“We are committed to ensuring a safe, prosperous, and equitable world for all people, because we know our future is bound to yours,” he said. Let me repeat that: We are bound together in our future.”
The podium is taken by Biden
The third UNGA speech of US President Joe Biden has begun.
In response to global inequality, the Brazilian president calls for ‘outrage’
More from Lula:
“Inequality needs to inspire outrage – outrage over hunger, poverty, war, and disrespect for human beings. We can fight inequality willingly and unwaveringly if we are moved by the power of outrage,” the Brazilian president said at the end of his address.
Julian Assange will not be prosecuted by Lula
He has rejected the prosecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing charges of espionage in the United States after being extradited from the UK.
The preservation of press freedom is essential. It is not possible to punish a journalist like Julian Assange for informing society in a transparent and legitimate manner,” he added.
The Amazon rainforest needs to be protected, says Lula
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro praised a new push by Amazon countries to protect the rainforest.
“At COP28 in Dubai, we want a joint vision reflecting … Amazon preservation priorities,” Lula said at the UNGA last month, following the Amazon summit in Brazil.
‘Lula declares: ‘Brazil is back’
After Jair Bolsonaro’s departure, Lula said his country is returning to democracy and the international fold.
My return to office today is due to the victory won by democracy in my country,” he said. It was democracy that enabled us to overcome hatred, misinformation, and oppression.”
Lula added that Brazil is embracing multilateralism as it strives for a fair and sustainable future. He declared, “Brazil is back.”.
He also called for higher taxes on the wealthy due to global income and wealth inequality.
First country address by Brazil’s president
The first country address at this year’s UNGA is being delivered by Brazil’s left-wing president, Lula da Silva.
UNGA president: World lacks will, not capacity
According to Francis, billions of people lack the will and capacity to achieve “consequential change.”
Putting aside differences and bridging divides are what we lack, Francis said. Our goal is to achieve peace, progress, prosperity, and sustainability for everyone around the globe.”
Global challenges require ‘joint action’, UNGA president says
World leaders are being urged to utilize the UNGA’s “unique and truly global platform” to address global challenges by UNGA President Dennis Francis.
To improve the state of the world, he called for solidarity and “joint action.”
As in the past, a coordinated, common approach is needed now more than ever.
Millions of people around the world are directly affected by wars, climate change, debt, food and energy crises, and poverty and famines.”
Creating a global AI institution is suggested by Guterres
According to Guterres, countries around the world need access to a source of information and expertise on artificial intelligence (AI).
The UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, is one model that can be used to inspire such an institution, he said.
It is the UN’s duty to host the global and inclusive discussions that are needed, he said.
Climate change is an immediate threat, Guterres says
According to Guterres, developing countries need to establish green energy sources to combat climate change.
As the UN chief said, “our overheating planet is the most immediate threat to our future.”
Climate chaos is breaking new records, but we cannot afford the same old broken record of scapegoating and waiting for others to act.
Guterres condemns unilateral actions in Palestinian territories
According to Guterres, “unilateral actions” in the occupied Palestinian territories threaten peace.
The escalation was not explicitly blamed on Israel, although illegal Israeli settlements and violence against Palestinians continued to expand.
The escalating violence and bloodshed in the occupied Palestinian territories is taking a terrible toll on civilians, he said.
Palestinians and Israelis cannot find lasting peace and security without a two-state solution – the only way to do so.”
International institutions need reform or rupture: Guterres
It is essential that global institutions, including the UN Security Council, undergo major reforms so that they can deal with the challenges of the 21st century.
As well as redesigning international financial architecture, Guterres urged it to become a global safety net for developing countries in trouble.
There is no alternative to reform but further fragmentation. A rupture or reform is the only option,” he said.
An AJ correspondent paints a bleak picture of the UN chief
In his opening address, Guterres painted a grim picture of the world, Al Jazeera’s Diplomatic Editor James Bays said.
According to the UN secretary-general, Derna, Libya, which was hit by deadly flooding this month, residents were victims of conflict, victims of climate chaos, and victims of world leaders who are not doing enough.
The world is in a mess with regards to conflict, poverty, and inequality, and yet the world isn’t coming together. Bays reports that world leaders are gathering in different blocs.
The news reference is ALJAZEERA