Climate change continues to dominate talks at the United Nations General Assembly, with Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux at the center of it.
Dr. Darroux is among some top officials from across the region, and the world by extension, currently in New York at the UN Summit.
The first full in-person meeting of the United Nations General Assembly since the Covid-19 pandemic got underway this morning in New York.
Dr. Darroux has joined leaders from across the globe at the 77th session of the body.
In his opening remarks, the UN’s top chief, António Guterres, said that the world was in peril, and geo-political divides were undermining international law, trust in democratic institutions, and all forms of international cooperation.
“We cannot go on like this,” Guterres said. “We have a duty to act. And yet we are gridlocked in colossal global dysfunction.”
In remarks that pivoted between alarm and hope, the secretary general made demands for collective action.
He warned of a world burning because of climate change and said the U.N. charter and the ideals it presents are in jeopardy, alluding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the inequalities that have exploded as food and energy prices rise.
“Let’s have no illusions. We are in rough seas,” Guterres said in one of the most candid speeches he has ever delivered to world leaders.
He identified three areas where he said leaders should come together, namely – peace and security, the climate crisis, and addressing inequality in developing countries.
The war in Ukraine, Guterres said, has unleashed widespread destruction with massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
Every UN member has been invited to send a delegation to the assembly and each member state is allowed an equal vote when deciding on resolutions.