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UN General Assembly, Zelensky present. Guterres condemns Russia: "We work for peace"

Speeches by the heads of state and government in the Glass Palace. From the climate to the war in Ukraine to migrants: there are different focuses in the program. The Ukrainian president will ask for new help. Georgia Meloni makes her debut on Wednesday evening (1 a.m. on Thursday in Italy) and wants to involve the United Nations in migration flows

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In New York it is the day of speeches by heads of state and government before the UN General Assembly. Many issues are at the heart of the debate, from the war in Ukraine to migrants. President Volodymyr Zelensky was present and will speak after Joe Biden to launch a new call to support Kiev and the search for a “just peace.” In the audience at the Glass Palace, the absence of many leaders is noticeable, from Macron to Sunak. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine, in violation of the UN Charter and international law, has unleashed an epicenter of horror. Beyond Ukraine, the war has serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear threats endanger us and ignore global treaties and conventions.”

makes us less safe, the poisoning of global diplomacy hinders progress on all fronts. “We must not stop working for peace, a just peace,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Zelensky’s program

Zelensky has renewed the request for weapons and aid and will do so again on Thursday when he is welcomed to the White House by Biden (who is expected to announce a new package of war supplies) and, above all, when he meets the representatives from Capitol Hill. There will also be two important bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UN meeting: one with Benyamin Netanyahu and the other with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, both heads of states that have not yet imposed sanctions on Moscow or sent aid to Ukraine.

What Biden will say

Biden will also meet the Israeli prime minister – whom he refused a visit to the White House because of the controversial judicial reform – and the Brazilian head of state. Also on the agenda is his first summit with the leaders of five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), all former Soviet republics that the US is trying to woo after the war started by the Kremlin. Also in order to remove them from the growing influence of the dragon against the background of the ever-closer alliance between China and Russia, as confirmed by the ongoing visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Moscow to deepen the dialogue in the field of strategic security. In his speech to 150 world leaders (including Giorgia Meloni), the last before the next presidential election, Biden will reinvigorate his multilateral policies, his commitment to defending democracy and his appeal for support for Kyiv. The commander-in-chief will also attend the Security Council on the Ukraine conflict on Wednesday, the only leader of the five countries with veto rights (US, France, Britain, China and Russia) in a session where Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will also be present face-to-face Face to face with Zelenskyy (Meloni also takes part).


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Meloni’s debut

Meanwhile, Georgia Meloni will make her United Nations debut on Wednesday evening (Thursday at 1am in Italy). She puts the refugee issue at the center of her speech and asks the United Nations to also make its contribution with an ad hoc plan, such as announced Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, who now has a dense diplomatic network with the countries of the Balkans the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. Yesterday, at a meeting with European foreign ministers in New York, Tajani said that a common strategy involving not only Europe but also the United Nations was needed in the face of a problem that has now taken on explosive dimensions. “We need a long-term strategy, at EU but also UN level.” For the head of Farnesina, who has received the solidarity of several colleagues for the migratory pressure on the island of Lampedusa, “we must have European programs to combat irregular migration and human trafficking “We need a global strategy that looks at the situation as a whole.”


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The climate

Beyond these topics, the focus of the meeting will be on climate change. The Deputy Prime Minister will always lead the Italian delegation at the meeting in the Glass Palace to examine how to accelerate the achievement of the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda (although there is some controversy at home due to the Prime Minister’s absence). Meloni will also have the opportunity to present to a global audience the Italian position on the ecological transition, that environment “where people are at the center”, meaning the immediate impact that the transition to green will have on workers, habits and the environment However, the spending capacity of families and citizens should also be highlighted in terms of the impact of climate change on migration, one of the factors that can lead to exodus due to natural disasters such as the Libyan flood.

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