World’s complex challenges are great, but not insurmountable, Assembly President says, opening 77th session

A wide view of the hall as UN General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi (at podium) addresses the opening of 77th session. (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) At what he called “the most consequential moment of the last four decades,” General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi banged the ceremonial gavel to open the UN General Debate, calling for “solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science” – his motto for the Assembly’s 77th session.

“Solutions, because we have drafted many treaties, set excellent goals, yet have taken too little action,” he explained.

“We need solidarity because inequalities have reached record height… sustainability because we owe it to our children to leave behind a liveable world…[and] science because it offers us neutral evidence for our actions”.

Mr. Kőrösi stated that climate change has triggered heatwaves, floods, and droughts while unsustainable consumption and production have left scars across our environment.

“We live, it seems, in a permanent state of humanitarian emergency,” he said, pointing out that over 300 million people are in urgent need of aid and protection – a 10 per cent rise since January – and that climate change, COVID-19 and conflict have pushed global hunger to “alarming levels”.

Meanwhile, inflation is at 40-year highs as violence has left one-quarter of humanity caught in instability.

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