UN chief, addressing UN General Assembly, calls for additional tax on fossil fuel profitsNews
Russia’s war in Ukraine and a number of other global issues top the agenda of the 150 heads of state and government attending the UN General Assembly.
Our Kim Hyo-sun gives us a summary of the first day of the assembly.
In a broad speech before the United Nations General Assembly, the UN chief reiterated the need for developed countries to impose an additional tax on the profits of fossil fuel companies.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres added on Tuesday that the funds should then be diverted to countries affected by climate change as well as households struggling with the cost of living crisis.
He also warned that the world is “in great peril and paralyzed”.
He explained that countries were not ready or willing to address major challenges that threaten the future of humanity and the fate of the planet.
However, the UN chief stressed that there was hope, calling for cooperation and dialogue between countries.
Among the growing challenges facing the world, the war in Ukraine appears to dominate this week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, which brings world leaders together in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron have criticized Russia, saying that since its invasion of Ukraine, the world has returned to the era of imperialism and colonialism.
As Western powers hope to use the rally to convince neutral states to exert more pressure on Moscow, Macron also urged the fence guards to wake up.
“I know there are countries here that have chosen a form of neutrality in relation to this war. But I want to tell you honestly today, those who think they are not aligned are wrong, they are doing a historical error.”
The President of Brazil has called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine.
He stressed that a solution can only be found through dialogue rather than unilateral sanctions against Russia.
“The solution to the conflict in Ukraine will only be achieved through negotiation and dialogue. I appeal to the parties as well as to the entire international community. Let us not miss any opportunity to end the conflict and ensure the peace.”
The Turkish leader called for a diplomatic solution that gives Russia and Ukraine a dignified way out of the crisis triggered by the Moscow invasion.
He called on the international community to find a reasonably practical diplomatic solution to end the war, adding that his country will continue its efforts to that end.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.