Leaders at the UN, in their own words

Leaders at the UN, in their own words

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders say many things about many issues that matter to them, to their regions, to the world: That’s what the U.N. General Assembly always produces every year.

And every year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and highlights some thoughts — delivered globally from the floor of the United Nations after back-to-back years of a virtual, then hybrid summit — from leaders who might not have caught the headlines and airtime on Thursday, the third day of the 2022 debate.

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“Perhaps, in the words of Jimmy Cliff, we must keep trying and trying and trying, but the world must stand up if our citizens are to live a better life. I say this today because it is easy to just come and complain, but the truth is that it is within our power to be able to make this difference and this definite 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 honestly, collectively as a community of nations, no challenge, no matter how great, is insurmountable.”

— Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, president of Somalia

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“I would like to conclude by conveying a message that my 10-year-old daughter Giorgia Mae, who is here in the audience, wished me to convey when I explained to her that I would be addressing this meeting of world leaders. He said: “I would like world leaders to set an example for us children and leave behind a beautiful Earth.”

— Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta

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“In the same way that 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 feared that we might never again live in a world where two people could shake hands or hug each other. We came to believe that such gestures of kindness and affection would be collateral casualties of the pandemic. Today, this world, which seemed unreachable, has already returned. Similar fears have been felt at various times in human history when society has faced seemingly 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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