The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Britain, Jordan, Venezuela and Ukraine are among those who will speak as the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continues on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered one sharp warning of a world on the “edge of the abyss”, US President Joe Biden tried to relocate Washington as a leader in international cooperation against the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.
Chinese President Xi Jinping did one sweeping pledge to stop funding overseas coal projects.
Also on Tuesday, a UN spokesman said the Taliban had asked for their envoys to speak to the assembly, adding to the urgent question of how Afghanistan will be represented in the future.
Here are all the latest updates:
Spain to donate 15 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses via COVAX
Spain will donate 7.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Latin America and the Caribbean and another 7.5 million to sub-Saharan Africa and southern Europe, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.
The latest promise increases Spain’s overall commitment to the COVAX vaccine sharing program to 30 million doses, Sanchez told reporters before appearing at the UN General Assembly in New York.
Riyadh has worked with OPEC to stabilize the oil market: King Salman
In a pre-recorded address to UNGA, King Salman in Saudi Arabia has said that Riyadh has worked with OPEC and other allies to stabilize the oil market.
On the war in Yemen, he said that the Houthis rejected peaceful initiatives to end the war and that the kingdom would defend itself against ballistic missiles and armed drones.
Ethnic tensions threaten Bosnia’s integrity
The Presidency of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina called on the UN to maintain its commitment to human rights, citing ethnic inequality in its own country.
Željko Komšić is a Croatian member of the country’s presidency in the Western Balkans, which is divided between the country’s Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Serbs.
Komšić spoke about neighbors’ intentions to annex parts of their country by promoting ethnic tensions within.
He said the Dayton peace agreement, which ended the war in Bosnia in 1995, created complex institutions that made it difficult for the country to reach a political consensus that would make it possible to move towards “a functioning state”.
Biden, Macron meets in Europe in October: The White House
Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron will meet in Europe in October, the White House has said after a conversation between the two leaders.
Macron sends the envoy back to the United States, says Paris after the Biden conversation
French President Emmanuel Macron will return his ambassador to the United States next week after Biden agreed that consultations with France before announcing a security pact with Australia could have prevented a diplomatic war, Macron’s office said.
France’s ambassador to the United States will “begin intensive work with senior U.S. officials,” the White House said in a statement.
Philanthropists promise a record $ 5 billion to protect nature
Philanthropists and investors have pledged $ 5 billion for nature restoration and conservation, a move that environmentalists welcomed as the highest amount of private funding ever promised.
The funding, promised at an event alongside UNGA, will focus on the “30by30” target, which aims to protect 30 percent of the planet’s land and water over the next decade.
Researchers and conservationists say this is the key to protecting biodiversity, which includes millions of species and natural processes in ecosystems such as rainforests and oceans, and is threatened by man-made activities such as industrial agriculture, fishing and greenhouse gas emissions.
Turkey says the United States is failing to help Afghan refugees
After two decades in Afghanistan, the United States should do more to help the country’s refugees, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
Turkey hosts the world’s largest refugee population – about 4 million, mostly Syrians – and has warned that it cannot accept more arrivals from Afghanistan.
“Right now, the United States is failing in its obligations. We have more than 300,000 Afghan refugees and we can no longer afford to welcome more Afghan refugees to Turkey, Erdogan said in a preview of a CBS interview that will be broadcast on Sunday.
“Of course the United States should do a lot and invest a lot because the United States has been there for the last 20 years, but why, why? First, these questions should be answered by the United States. ”
‘Grow up’: Britain’s Johnson says the world must face climate change
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson will tell world leaders at the UN that humanity must “grow up” and tackle climate change and say that people must stop throwing the planet like a teenager on a bender.
Johnson will host a major UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland in six weeks. He uses a trip to the US General Assembly in New York to pressure governments on tougher emission reduction targets and more money to help poor countries clean up their economies.
In a speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday, Johnson said he will say that it is now or never if the world will reach its goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.
Biden doubles US global donation of COVID-19 vaccine shots
Biden has said that the United States will provide $ 370 million to help administer vaccine shots globally and that a vaccine partnership between the EU and the United States will be launched to work closer.
He said the United States will buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to low- and middle-income countries.
The US purchase of an additional 500 million shots gives the total US vaccination commitment more than 1.1 billion doses by 2022.
USA, top French diplomats shake hands in a row
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken shook hands with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the highest contact between the Allies since a crisis broke out last week about a submarine contract.
The two attended a meeting at the UN on the problematic Libyan peace process and did not talk to each other for long, although they could hold a separate meeting later, says a French academic source.
The meeting comes as Biden prepares to speak by telephone with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to calm the uprising in Paris.
Germany says the Taliban’s “show” at YOUNG would serve no purpose
Germany has expressed opposition to the Taliban’s request to take on YOUNG people and says the “show” of Afghanistan’s new rulers would serve no purpose.
“Planning a show at the UN will not do any good,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters.
“What is important are concrete deeds and not just words, including on human rights and in particular women’s rights and on an inclusive government and distancing oneself from terrorist groups,” he said.
The UN Reference Committee, which decides who should be recognized as representing a particular country, is not expected to make a decision on Afghanistan until after the current week of high-level meetings and speeches.
The EU’s top diplomat met with Iran’s new foreign minister
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met with Iran’s new foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Tuesday alongside the UNGA, the EU said in a statement on Wednesday.
The meeting was scheduled in the absence of a ministerial meeting between the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States and European countries have fought to revive, in New York during the annual UN gathering of world leaders.
– The Iranian Foreign Minister assured the willingness to resume negotiations at an early date, the EU said in a statement. “High Representative Borrell … underlined once again the great importance of a speedy resumption of the Vienna talks.”
WHO sets higher, harder level for air quality during YOUNG
The World Health Organization has said that the harmful health effects of air pollution hit lower levels than previously thought and it puts a higher bar for politicians and the general public in its first update of its air quality guidelines in 15 years.
The UN Health Authority released its revised guidelines for air quality because climate change is a leading topic at UNGA.
The guidelines, which are not legally binding and are intended as a reference for decision-makers, advocacy groups and academics, lower the recommended concentrations of six pollutants known to affect health: two types of particles called PM 2.5 and PM 10, as well as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide.
The United States doubles global vaccine doses when Biden hosts the summit
Biden will announce that the United States will double its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines to send 1.1 billion doses to other countries.
The commitment will increase the doses purchased by the United States for global distribution by 500 million by 2022, said two senior officials in the Biden administration, hours before Biden hosts a virtual vaccine meeting on Wednesday alongside UNGA.
Brazil’s Minister of Health tests positive for COVID at UNGA
Brazil’s Minister of Health Marcelo Queiroga has tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in UNGA, where Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was the first world leader to speak on Tuesday.
Queiroga, who had received a COVID-19 vaccine, was the second member of Bolsonaro’s entourage to test positive for the virus since arriving in New York, the Brazilian government said in a statement.
In particular, he had been with Bolsonaro, who has shaken the prospect of vaccine claims for the incident, during a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.