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World leaders speak for a third day at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

The leaders of South Africa, Iraq and Libya’s national unity government are among those to take up the world rally in New York on Thursday.

In his opening remarks on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a world on the “edge of an abyss” as he called on countries to continue their engagement with the organization.

On Wednesday, the leaders of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and the United Kingdom among those who speak to the church. At the same time, the United States hosted a vaccine meeting and promised to increase Washington’s global donations of doses by 500,000, bringing the total to 1.1 billion by 2022.

This live blog is now closed. Here were Thursday’s updates:

Blinken says repairing US relations with France will take “time and hard work”

Repeated comments French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said earlier on Thursday that it would take “time and hard work” to repair relations between Washington and Paris.

Relations between the allied nations suffered a blow this month after a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United States and Britain led to the repeal of a multi-billion dollar submarine agreement that France had with Australia.

“We are aware that this will take time and hard work,” Blinken told reporters about the ongoing efforts to repair the relationship.

US ‘laser focused’ to end pandemic: Blinken

The top US diplomat has said the country’s top priority is to help end the coronavirus pandemic, including through a promise to provide 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 100 other nations next year.

“We are also laser-focused on getting the international community to work together towards three critically important goals,” Antony Blinken told reporters. These goals are to increase vaccinations globally, increase access to health and test right now and build global health security.

Blinken added that he plans to convene a foreign ministers’ meeting on COVID-19 before the end of the year.

Blinken thanks the GCC nations for ‘critical’ help in Afghan evacuations

Ahead of a meeting in New York with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken thanked the bloc for its help with last month’s evacuations from Afghanistan.

“The latest flight from Afghanistan was a live demonstration of how our Gulf partners provide critical support when needed, and we greatly appreciate that. You stepped up. You made a difference for tens of thousands of people, says Blinken.

Iraqi president on “national fight” against corruption

Iraqi President Barham Salih said his country was facing a “national fight” against corruption and that it could not move forward until it won.

In statements to UNGA, Salih said that much was due to his country fighting corruption and terrorism.

He also said that his country is one of the most affected in the world by climate change and called on other world leaders who may differ politically on other issues to agree to fight it.

Iraqi President Barham Salih said his country was facing a “national fight” against corruption [Timothy A. Clary/Reuters]

Leader of the UN: A warmer world is also a more violent world

Using apocalyptic images, three presidents and seven foreign ministers warned that a warmer world is also a more violent one.

At a Security Council ministerial meeting, officials called on the UN’s most powerful body to do more to address the security implications of climate change and to make global warming an important part of all UN peacekeeping operations.

Leaders and ministers pushing for more UN action said global warming made the world less secure, citing Africa’s conflict-torn Sahel region and Syria and Iraq as examples.

Chad’s leaders say the virus does not know nationalities

Chad’s leader Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno used his address to UNGA to welcome calls from the UN chief and the WHO’s director general to make coronavirus vaccines available to all.

“The salvation of all mankind depends on it,” he said.

Chairman of the Transitional Military Council and President of Chad Mahamat Idriss Deby will hold a pre-recorded address at UNGA’s 76th session. [Spencer Platt/Reuters]

Philanthropies promise billions during the UN meeting

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans to spend more than $ 900 million over the next five years to curb global malnutrition, a move to halt the rise in world hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is one of several promises made by private donors this week when world leaders gather for the annual YOUNG.

On Wednesday, a coalition of nine foundations said they would spend $ 5 billion by 2030 to protect at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and sea.

Erdogan says that relations with Biden have started badly

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he felt relations with his US counterpart Joe Biden “had not got off to a good start” since his arrival at the White House.

“My wish is to have friendly and not hostile relations” with the United States, quoted the state news agency Anadolu Erdogan on the side of UNGA.

“But the current state of affairs between two NATO allies is not very favorable.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he felt relations with his US counterpart Joe Biden “had not got off to a good start”. [Mary Altaffer/Reuters]

Zimbabwe: ‘Vaccinationalism is self-destructing’

Zimbabwe’s leaders called on the international community to exercise “enhanced multilateralism and unity of purpose” in vaccine distribution at a pre-recorded address under UNGA.

“The hoarding and unfair distribution of the resulting uneven vaccination patterns worldwide is not acceptable,” said President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“Vaccinationalism is self-destructive and contrary to the mantra that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks via video link at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly [Spencer Platt/Reuters]

Blinken meets ASEAN’s foreign ministers

Blinken met the foreign ministers of ASEAN nations today on the margins of YOUNG people, said spokesman Ned Price.

Blinken thanked the ASEAN countries for their support for the unparalleled global effort to evacuate US citizens and personnel from other nations from Afghanistan.

He also reaffirmed the US commitment to ASEAN centrality and US support for ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken thanked the ASEAN countries for their support in Afghanistan [File: Jim Watson/Reuters]

Panama’s leaders are seeking help with a flood of migrants

Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo called for support to address the large number of migrants passing through his nation.

He told UNGA that already this year, 80,000 migrants have already passed through Panama. Panama has seen a dramatic increase, from 800 in January to 30,000 last month, and Panama has struggled to support them.

“Panama is doing its thing. We are now appealing to the international community to make a joint effort as soon as possible with coordinated strategies and resources, he says.

Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen called for support to deal with the flow of migrants passing through his nation [Timothy A Clary/Reuters]

Cuba blows up US foreign policy

President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrested the United States for withdrawing from Afghanistan to blow up the United States for what he said was a history of foreign policy disasters.

“Occupation leaves only destruction, and no country has the right to impose its will on sovereign nations,” Diaz-Canel said in a pre-recorded video shown at UNGA.

“Afghanistan is not an isolated case. There has been evidence that where the United States intervenes, instability, death, suffering and lasting scars increase. ”

Cuban President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez Speaks on Screen at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly [Reuters]

The United States says “no indication” that Iran wants to return to nuclear deal negotiations

The United States has said that Iran has not given any indication that it wants to return to suspended talks on reviving the Iranian nuclear deal.

“At the moment, there is absolutely no indication, a positive indication that Iran is ready to return … and to try to close the remaining issues,” said a senior US official.

“We have no direct interaction with the Iranians, so it is difficult for us to assess optimism and pessimism.”

The UN chief says the world needs to change food priorities to save the planet

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on nations to update their food priorities and said the world needed food systems that protect the environment.

“The war on our planet must end and food systems can help us build that peace,” the Secretary-General said at a UN summit in New York.

Guterres said food systems “can and must play a leading role” in meeting the UN’s sustainable development goals by 2030.

Guterres says climate change threatens security

The effects of climate change threaten to further escalate problems in regions that are already unstable or in conflict, Guterres said.

“It is clear that climate change and environmental management are risk multipliers where capacity is limited.”

Dependence on declining resources, such as water, could exacerbate land tensions, he said, but added that these problems could be counteracted by measures taken by the council and others.

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, speaks at a meeting of the UN Security Council [John Minchillo/The Associated Press]

Inequality in vaccine “prosecution against humanity”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called the unequal distribution of vaccines around the world “an indictment of humanity”.

More than 5.9 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally in the past year, representing approximately 43 percent of the global population.

But there are big differences in distribution, with many lower-income countries struggling to vaccinate even the most vulnerable part of their population. Some still have two to three percent vaccination levels.

Ramaphosa was among several African leaders who would address vaccine inequality on Thursday.

South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa spoke at a distance to the 76th session of UNGA in a pre-recorded message [The Associated Press]

Iran says “serious progress” in talks with Saudi Arabia

Talks between Tehran and Riyadh have led to “serious progress” on the issue of Gulf security, an Iranian foreign minister said.

Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh Khatibzadeh spoke to journalists alongside UNGA, saying the talks were “good” and called on countries to resolve regional issues among themselves, without foreign interference.

“Serious progress has been made on security in the Gulf,” the state-run news agency IRNA Khatibzadeh was quoted as saying.

The Shia majority Iran and the Sunni Muslim monarchy Saudi Arabia, on opposite sides in several regional conflicts, have been led in April since April in order to improve relations, for the first time since the band was broken off in 2016.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly from Tehran [AFP]


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