World leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week to focus on strengthening their efforts to combat both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
About a third of the 193 UN states plan to send video again as the coronavirus continues to rage over inappropriate vaccine deployments, but the remaining presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers will travel to the United States.
The United States has tried to discourage leaders from visiting New York to prevent the UN General Assembly from becoming a “superspreader event”, but this is his first visit to the United Nations since President Joe Biden took office. Address directly to the General Assembly. The so-called UN honor system means that whoever enters the meeting house effectively declares that they have been vaccinated, but no proof is required.
When the first country speaks, this system breaks down – Brazil. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is skeptical about the vaccine and announced last week that he did not need injections because he was already immunized 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 shots of a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Reuters that the discussion on how many traveling diplomats could have been immunized shows “what a dramatic disparity there is today with respect to vaccination.” He said he was. He is pushing for a global plan to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population 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 leaders and CEOs on Wednesday aimed at promoting worldwide distribution of the vaccine.
Showing off US COVID-19 concerns about a UN rally, Biden will be in New York for nearly 24 hours, meeting Guterres on Monday, and will make his first speech at the United Nations shortly after Bolsonaro on Tuesday.
His UN envoy, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said Biden “ends the Covid-19 pandemic, fights climate change, and defends an order based on human rights, democracy and international rules. Talk about top priorities. “
Due to the pandemic, UN delegation is heavily limited, and most spectator events are virtual or a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face. Other topics the 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 begin the week at the Monday summit in Glasgow, Scotland, to avoid a failed UN summit on 31 October.
As scientists warn that global warming is spiraling dangerously out of control, the UN COP26 conference is funding more ambitious climate change actions and related participants from around the world. The purpose is to collect.
“It is time to read alarm bells,” Guterres told Reuters last week. “We are on the verge of the abyss.”