Leaders at the UN, in their own words

Leaders at the UN, in their own words

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Many leaders saying many things about many topics that are important to them, to their regions, to the world: That is what the UN General Assembly usually produces every year.

And every year, certain voices make an impact. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and highlights some ideas – universally delivered from the rostrum at the United Nations after consecutive years of virtual, and then hybrid, summits – from leaders that the headlines and catch the airtime on Thursday, the third one. debate day, 2022.

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“It may be, in the words of Jimmy Cliff, that we have to keep going and going and going, but the world has to stand up if our citizens are to have a better life. I say that today because it is easy to come and complain, but the truth is that it is within our power to be able to make that difference and that explainable change.”

— Mia Amor Mottley, prime minister of Barbados

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“In Somalia we have a wise saying and it is: ‘One finger cannot wash the whole face.’ If we work together faithfully, cooperatively as a community of nations no challenge, no matter how big, will be insurmountable.”

— Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, president of Somalia

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“I would like to finish with a message that my 10-year-old daughter Giorgia Mae, who is here in the audience, wanted me to convey when I explained to her that I would be speaking to him this meeting of world leaders. She said: ‘I want the leaders of the world to be a role model for us children and to leave behind a beautiful World.'”

— Robert Abela, prime minister of Malta

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“In the same way there is concern about illegal drugs on the streets of rich countries, there must be concern about guns on the streets of developing countries like Jamaica.”

— Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica

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“Two years ago, we were afraid that we would never live again in a world where two people could shake hands​​​​or accept each other. We got to the point where we believed that such gestures of courtesy and affection would be collateral victims of the pandemic. Today, that world, which seemed out of reach, is already back. Similar fears have been felt at various times in human history, when society faced insurmountable challenges.”

— Pedro Sánchez, prime minister of Spain

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For more AP coverage of the UN General Assembly, visit https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assembly

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