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First highlights from the 77th session of the UN General Assembly

Follow a few quotes from the “State-of-the World" by António Guterres (AG) and from the opening of the General Debate by its president, Kőrösi Csaba (CK):

“Our world is in big trouble. Divides are growing deeper. Inequalities are growing wider. And challenges are spreading farther …We need action across the board … We need a coalition of the world." (AG)

“There is another battle we must end: our suicidal war against nature" (AG)

“The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. It must be the first priority of every government and multilateral organization. We have a rendezvous with climate disaster." (AG)

The Sustainable Development Goals are issuing an SOS. Even the most fundamental goals -- on poverty, hunger and education -- are going into reverse. (AG)

“… we have drafted many treaties, set excellent goals, yet have taken too little action. We need solidarity because inequalities have reached record heights. We need sustainability because we owe it to our children to leave behind a liveable world. We need science because it offers us neutral evidence for our actions" (CK)

"Climate change has left us reeling under heat waves, floods, and droughts. Unsustainable consumption and production have left scars across our environment, from our skies to our seas" (CK)

Driven by climate change, COVID-19 and conflict, global hunger has reached alarming levels. In the last six months, food and energy price hikes have pushed at least 70 million people into poverty. (CK)

"Our opportunity is here and now. Let us act." (CK)

Click to read the full analysis by China Daily


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