World Leaders Address the UN General Assembly

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Malawian President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera are among world leaders scheduled to speak at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Days before his speech, Johnson had highlighted the need to take action to tackle climate change, saying global economic recovery “must be rooted in green growth.”

Rich countries have benefited from polluting growth, and now “have an obligation to help developing countries grow their economies in an environmentally sound and sustainable way,” Johnson said in a tweet Monday.

Johnson’s speech came a day after he met US President Joe Biden at the White House.

Combating climate change was among the topics of discussion in separate meetings that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres held on Tuesday with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez ahead of their speeches at Wednesday’s General Assembly.

Other speakers on Wednesday will include Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

After the coronavirus pandemic prevented heads of state from attending last year’s General Assembly session, around 100 heads of state are now attending this year’s session in New York. Others chose to remain in their country and deliver recorded speeches.

Those delivering pre-recorded speeches on Wednesday included Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. [uh/lt]

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