The world is in “great danger”, warns the UN Secretary General. Under the shadow of the war in Ukraine, the food and energy crises, and the lingering impact of the coronavirus pandemic, world leaders have gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. For six days they will express their views on the challenges of the international community.
Pessimism has marked António Guterres’ opening speech: “Let’s have no illusions. We are in troubled waters. A winter of global discontent is coming. The cost of living crisis is exploding, trust is crumbling, inequalities are growing and our planet is on fire. People are suffering and the most vulnerable are suffering the most. The Charter of the United Nations and the ideals it represents are in danger. We have a duty to act, and yet we are mired in colossal global dysfunction,” the UN Secretary-General warned.
French President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders are in attendance with the aim of advancing Europe’s position on key global issues. Traditionally, this is done through bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the assembly.
The first one for Macron was a meeting with the Iranian president. Europe is leading diplomatic efforts to revive the nuclear deal with Iran.