US President Joe Biden says Russia “shamelessly violated the core tenets” of the UN constitution as world leaders gathered for a second day on the United Nations Common Meeting (UNGA) on Wednesday.
On the annual assembly, dominated by the conflict in Ukraine, local weather change and nuclear disarmament, Biden stated Moscow had launched a “brutal, useless conflict in Ukraine” and warned it was organising a “sham referendum” to annex elements of its occupied territories.
“The world ought to see these outrageous acts for what they’re. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin claims he needed to act as a result of Russia was threatened, however nobody threatened Russia and nobody aside from Russia sought battle,” he stated.
He additionally sounded the alarm about Russia’s threats to make use of “all obtainable means to guard Russia”, which alluded to the potential for utilizing nuclear weapons.
William Courtney, former ambassador to Georgia, advised Al Jazeera that Russia gave the impression to be prepared to “escalate the stakes”. Nevertheless, “if Russia had been to make use of a nuclear weapon, how would it not take army benefit from that?” he requested.
Ongoing arms race
Alongside Russia, China was additionally engaged in an unprecedented arms race, the US president stated, however added Washington was “not in search of battle” or a brand new “Chilly Battle”.
Earlier in his handle, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stated Tehran wouldn’t search nuclear weapons and was critical about reviving a 2015 nuclear deal formally referred to as the Joint Complete Plan of Motion (JCPOA).
“Our want is just one factor: observance of commitments,” Raisi stated. He demanded ensures that the US wouldn’t once more abandon the nuclear deal because it did in 2018 below the administration of former President Donald Trump.
Human rights abuses
Raisi criticised what he described because the West’s double requirements with regard to human rights, simply as widespread unrest continued in Tehran over the demise of a lady in police custody.
“Raisi is below a number of strain,” Al Jazeera’s corresponded James Bays, reporting from the United Nation’s headquarters in New York, stated. Protesters gathered in entrance of the UN constructing as demonstrations in Tehran demanded accountability for the demise of Mahsa Amini, 22.
Amini died on September 16, a number of days after struggling a stroke and cardiac arrest, in line with Iranian authorities. Iranian police denied allegations that the lady was crushed to demise after being arrested for sporting the hijab improperly.
The US president stated People “stood with the courageous ladies of Iran … who proper now are demonstrating to safe their primary rights”.
He additionally explicitly known as out human rights abuses by China, Myanmar and the Taliban. “The US will all the time promote human rights and the values enshrined within the UN Constitution in our personal nation and around the globe,” Biden added.
Whereas giving no indication of any new peace initiative, the US president stated his nation remained dedicated to the institution of a Palestinian state.
Washington additionally overtly acknowledged its help for the enlargement of the UN Safety Council to raised signify areas together with Africa and Latin America.
The UN physique has fifteen everlasting and non-permanent members, however veto powers are granted solely to its 5 everlasting members, together with Russia.
Highlighting the results of the local weather disaster, Biden stated his nation was prepared to affix forces to deal with the difficulty.
“Everyone knows we’re already dwelling in a local weather disaster. Nobody appears to doubt it after this previous yr. A lot of Pakistan is below water [and] wants assist,” he stated referring to the devastating flooding in Pakistan that has been blamed on local weather change.
Halting local weather change
Biden’s warning on the results of local weather change was echoed by Kenya’s President William Ruto, who delivered his first handle on the UN Common Meeting after winning elections final month.
“Human wellbeing is below nice risk,” Ruto stated. “The well being of the planet requires pressing consideration.”
The Horn of Africa is enduring its worst drought since 1981 as a consequence of three consecutive poor wet seasons. Greater than 3.1 million persons are estimated to be severely meals insecure in Kenya.
Ruto condemned the “exclusionist nationalism” made evident by the COVID-19 pandemic, which “undermines prospects of collective motion” and “impairs the resolve of the worldwide neighborhood to ensure basic rights and the protection of the world’s weak majority”.
He known as for “constructing again higher” from the underside up by together with poorer nations in international governance.