World leaders address UN General Assembly
The United Nations’ annual summit is happening in person after three years, with UN chief Antonio Guterres warning in his opening speech of an upcoming “winter of global discontent” from rising prices, a warming planet, and deadly conflicts. The summit will take place in New York. The opening of the 77th session comes as the planet is dealing with crises in nearly everything. Russia’s war in Ukraine, inflation and economic instability, terrorism and ideological extremism, environmental degradation and devastating floods, droughts, and fires, and the ongoing pandemic are just a few of the crises. The first day will feature speeches by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
In order to speak at this year’s gathering, leaders or their high-level designees must show up in person with one notable exception. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has not left the country since the war broke out in late February. The General Assembly voted Friday to allow him to submit a prerecorded speech, expected to air during the session.