“The world has never been more threatened or more divided, we are on the edge of an abyss and moving in the wrong direction. I am here to sound the alarm, the world must wake up.” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this when opening the debate of the 76th General Assembly at the UN Headquarters. “We are facing the greatest series of crises of our life”, he continued, citing the Covid pandemic, global warming, the war upheavals, from Afghanistan to Ethiopia to Yemen, the wave of mistrust and disinformation.
“Covid and the climate crisis have highlighted deep fragility as a society and as a planet – continued Guterres -. The people we serve and represent can lose faith not only in their governments and institutions, but in the values that animate the work. of the UN for over 75 years “.
“The majority of the richest world has been vaccinated, more than 90% of Africans are still waiting for the first dose – he later said, focusing the speech on the pandemic -. This is a moral indictment against the state of our world, it is an obscenity “. “On the one hand we see vaccines developed in record time – he continued – on the other hand we see that triumph canceled by the tragedy of lack of political will, selfishness and distrust”.
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