The United Nations General Assembly is in full swing, with the expected presence of more than 140 world leaders. This event, which brings together leaders from around the world, reflects the current state of a planet facing a series of unprecedented crises.
In the words of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, this meeting occurs at a critical time for humanity, with challenges ranging from the climate crisis to increasing conflict and rising inflation, as well as inequalities and technological disruptions. Guterres lamented the fragmentation of the world and the reduction in its capacity to address these crises.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine a year and a half ago is a key factor in the geopolitical fragmentation that is currently being experienced and will play a major role in this meeting. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the General Assembly for the first time, and he is expected to participate in a high-level Security Council focused on the war in his country.
However, analysts warn that Zelensky must be careful in his speech, as too harsh an approach could generate friction with developing countries and widen the gap between the developed and developing worlds.
In the midst of this geopolitical crisis, the UN is also seeking to advance crucial issues such as global food security and the development summit, where governments are urged to act urgently to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Despite the absence of some leaders, the meeting remains a vital space to address global challenges and seek joint solutions, remembering that the commitment of governments is essential in times of crisis.