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Pandemic shocks world, reinforces need for multilateralism, says Estonian President

The COVID-19 pandemic gave the world “a thorough shock” and taught several lessons on the realities of climate change, the President of Estonia said to the UN General Assembly on Thursday. 

While not perfect, world is better today because of UN’s work since 1945, says President of Dominican Republic

The world in 2020 is clearly different from that in 1945 – when the UN was established – and it is also better, thanks to the global Organization and its work, the President of the Dominican Republic has said, underlining the continued need for international, multilateral cooperation. 

Two paths before Latin America: democracy or dictatorship, Bolivian President declares

The Latin American region is at a crossroads, with a choice not between the political left or the right; between socialism or capitalism, it is in fact between democracy and dictatorship, between freedom and oppression, the President of Bolivia told world leaders, gathered virtually for the United Nations General Assembly. 

Venezuelan President Maduro proposes new UN fund to support countries facing discrimination

Venezuela has proposed creation of a “revolving public purchasing fund” within the United Nations system to guarantee access to food and health products, financed with public resources, to facilitate countries suffering “discrimination and economic blockade” acquire necessary goods and services. 

President Ghani sets out ‘clear plan’ to advance UN values in Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan told the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that his country was moving into the next five years “with a clear plan for progressing the values of the UN”, which are enshrined in its own constitution.

Despite military wins against extremists, Iraq’s combat against terrorism is ‘far from won’, says President Salih

Before and after the emergence of the coronavirus, Iraq faced epidemics that were “no less deadly and dangerous to the world – terrorism and corruption,” President Barham Salih told world leaders in a pre-recorded address to the UN General Assembly. 

At UN Assembly, Lebanese leader appeals for help to rebuild after Beirut explosion

Lebanon will need support from the international community to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in the port of its capital, Beirut, the country’s President told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly.  

‘COVID-19 has exposed our past mistakes and failures’ says Kazakhstan President

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stress test for the world, and has exposed our past mistakes and failures, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, told world leaders, during his address to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Saudi King outlines country’s contributions to pandemic response, denounces attack on its oil facilities

Saudi Arabia continues to promote global response efforts and help countries reeling under the devastating impact of COVID-19, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly. 

European unity is an example to the world: Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State

Šefik Džaferović, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State, used his address to the General Debate of the General Assembly on Wednesday to praise the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the help it has given to non-EU countries, such as his own.