But this year, presidents and prime ministers were asked to submit videotaped speeches ahead of time. Those were then broadcast, starting Monday, to a nearly empty conference hall.
He warned against a new Cold War between Washington and Beijing. Still, he got in his digs as well. Unilateralism is a dead end. The latest news, analysis and insights from our politics teams from Sacramento to D. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Until the late s, no more than two Catholic justices had ever served together. Even more, we need a population able to govern itself.
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As he began his speech, the secretary-general looked out at the vast General Assembly chamber, where only one mask-wearing diplomat from each of the U. While the six-day mainly virtual meeting is unique in the U. In his grim state of the world speech, he said "the pandemic has exploited these injustices, preyed on the most vulnerable and wiped away the progress of decades," including sparking the first rise in poverty in 30 years.
The secretary-general called for global unity, foremost to fight the pandemic, and sharply criticized populism and nationalism for failing to contain the virus and for often making things worse. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized how "countries were left on their own" at the onset of the pandemic, stressing that "effective multilateralism requires effective multilateral institutions.
By contrast, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose country has reported the second-highest coronavirus death toll after the U. He's downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and repeatedly said shutting down the economy would inflict worse hardship on people. Guterres told the virtual audience that "too often, there has also been a disconnect between leadership and power.
A year ago, he warned about the rising U. The rivalry between the two powers was in full display as President Donald Trump, in a very short virtual speech, urged the United Nations to hold Beijing "accountable" for failing to contain the virus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has killed over , Americans and nearly 1 million worldwide.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the pandemic should be "an electric shock" to encourage more multilateral action. Otherwise, he warned, the world will be "collectively condemned to a pas de deux" by the U. Tensions with the U. He lashed out at U.Achieve more with Our World, Second Edition, a best-selling seven-level series for young learners of English. Experience more of the real world with content that motivates learners to use English, including surprising photography, meaningful stories and readings, immersive video and incredible National Geographic Explorers. Learn more about the world through cross-curricular topics that Missing: Remix).