Leaders Gather at the UN to Address Global Challenges

Introduction

Leaders of a world riven by war, climate change, and persistent inequality gathered under one roof on Tuesday to hear the UN chief call on them to take united action to tackle humanity’s enormous challenges – and to begin making their own assessments on the global stage itself.

Call for Action

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized the need for action, not just words, to address the worsening climate emergency, escalating conflicts, technological failures, and the global cost of living crisis that is increasing hunger and poverty.

Presidents and Prime Ministers at the Assembly

This year’s week-long session, the first full meeting of world leaders since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travel, features 145 leaders scheduled to speak. However, US President Joe Biden will be the only leader of the five powerful veto-wielding countries on the UN Security Council to address the 193-member assembly.

Significance of Biden’s Speech

The absence of the leaders of China, Russia, France, and the UK from the Security Council has sparked anger among developing countries who want major global players to listen to their demands. Attention will be focused on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden, especially for their views on China, Russia, and Ukraine.

Focus on UN Goals

The Group of 77, the UN’s largest group of developing countries, has lobbied for this year’s global meeting to focus on the 17 UN goals adopted in 2015. These goals aim to end extreme poverty and hunger, provide quality education, achieve gender equality, and make progress on climate change by 2030.

Progress on UN Goals

A July UN report revealed that only 15% of the approximately 140 specific targets to achieve the 17 goals are being met. The report also highlighted that at current rates, 575 million people will still live in extreme poverty in 2030, and it will take 286 years to achieve gender equality.

Political Declaration and Commitment

Leaders of the 193 UN member states adopted a political declaration acknowledging that the UN goals are “at risk.” They reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the goals and improving developing countries’ access to finance for progress on the goals.

Side Events and Peace Process

Aside from the main assembly, there are also hundreds of side events taking place. The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, expressed a “strong commitment to a two-state solution” during a meeting to revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

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