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UN chief's warning: The world is in grave danger, leaders to act urgently

UN chief's warning: The world is in grave danger, leaders to act urgently

Warning the world is in "grave danger", the head of the United Nations says leaders meeting in person for the first time in three years must tackle conflicts and climate disasters, rising poverty and inequality, and address divisions between major powers regarding the war in Ukraine.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited the "immense" task not only of saving the planet, "which is literally on fire," but of dealing with ongoing Covid. He also noted "the lack of access to finance for developing countries to recover, a crisis not seen in generations".

Guterres will deliver his "state of the world" address at the opening of the annual global high-level meeting. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said it would be "a measured, substantive and solution-focused report" on a world "where geopolitical divisions are putting us all at risk".

The 77th General Assembly meeting of world leaders comes in the shadow of Europe's first major war since World War II, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has unleashed a global food crisis and rift between the powers. large in a way not seen since the Cold War.

Leaders in many countries are trying to prevent a wider war and restore peace in Europe. Diplomats, however, do not expect any progress this week.

The loss of important grain and fertilizer exports from Ukraine and Russia has caused a food crisis, especially in developing countries, and inflation and a rise in the cost of living in many others. These issues are high on the agenda.

Source: AP

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