World leaders speak for the fourth day of the UN General Assembly

Leaders from the Palestinian Authority, Germany, Nigeria, Pakistan and Japan among the speakers as the annual meeting continues.

The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly continues with a fourth day of high-level meetings and speeches by world leaders.

Friday’s list of speakers includes the leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Germany, Nigeria, Pakistan and Japan.

On Thursday, leaders across Africa condemned the uneven distribution of coronavirus vaccines, as access remains extremely limited on the continent.

This year’s meeting began with a harsh appeal from the UN General Assembly, Antonio Guterres, who warned that the world is on the “edge of an abyss” that can only be avoided through global cooperation.

Here are all the latest updates:

Young people return to the streets around the world to fight climate change

Young people around the world began to take to the streets to demand urgent action to prevent disastrous climate change, in their biggest protest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The strike takes place five weeks before the UN’s COP26 summit, which aims to secure more ambitious climate action from world leaders to dramatically reduce global warming greenhouse gas emissions.

A landmark UN climate science report in August warned that human activity has already blocked climate disruptions for decades, but that rapid and large-scale action to reduce emissions could still avoid some of the most destructive impacts.

Activists hold banners during a protest march as part of the Fridays for Future climate movement initiatives in New Delhi, India. [File: Manish Swarup/The Associated Press]

Senior UN official urges Myanmar to act ‘before it’s too late’

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned of a human rights catastrophe under the military regime in Myanmar and urged the international community to do more to prevent the conflict in the country from worsening.

“The national consequences are dire and tragic; the regional consequences could also be profound,” Bachelet said in a statement. “The international community must redouble its efforts to restore democracy and prevent broader conflicts before it is too late.”

It comes as Myanmar’s military rulers have sought representation at the UN. More than 350 Myanmar and international civil society organizations have urged the world body to continue to recognize the representative of the ousted government, Kyaw Moe Tun.

The UN Credentials Committee is expected to consider the issue in the coming weeks.

Read more here.

Human rights groups have urged the UN to continue to recognize Kyaw Moe Tun as a representative of Myanmar. [File: AFP]

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