The PRESIDENT of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, will deliver a speech today in New York at the General Debate of World Leaders, within the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, which will last until September 26.
Vučić will speak around midnight our time, as the ninth speaker, and before him the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, will speak via video link.
The main theme of this year’s session of the UN General Assembly, which began on September 13, is “The Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions for Interrelated Challenges.”
The general debates today, on the second day, will begin with the first session at 3:00 p.m. (9 a.m. US time), where Muhammadu Buhari will be the first to speak, and US President Joseph Biden will be the seventh speaker.
The first speaker in the second session from 9 pm our time will be the President of Hungary Katalin Novak, and the 12th speaker in that part of the debate will be the British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
President Vučić had previously announced that he had divided his speech into five points, and that the most important would be the one about respect for international law.
Vučić announced earlier that he will have a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today.
Also, as previously announced, if President Vučić arrives, after his speech he may attend a reception hosted by American President Biden with his wife.
92 presidents of states and kings and 58 presidents of governments participate in the General Debate, while other state delegations are represented by vice presidents of states and governments and ministers of foreign affairs.
The debate was traditionally opened by the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and then UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke.
According to protocol, the speeches of world leaders last no more than 15 minutes.
Nevertheless, in 2009, the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi spoke for more than an hour and a half, and the record for the length of the speech was set by the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, whose speech in 1969 lasted as much as four hours and 29 minutes.
According to the UN, this year’s theme “Tipping Point: Transformative Solutions for Interrelated Challenges” stems from the recognition that the world is at a critical moment in the history of the UN due to complex and interconnected crises, including the covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, humanitarian challenges without precedent, a turning point in climate change, as well as growing concern about threats to the global economy.
Therefore, it is necessary to find and focus on common solutions to these crises and build a more sustainable and resilient world for everyone and for generations to come, the UN stated.
The United Nations was founded after the end of World War II, with the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945.
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