António Guterres tells UN ‘the world must wake up’ over climate change – live

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:37:37 GMT 10

António Guterres tells UN ‘the world must wake up’ over climate change – live

World leaders are gathering for the UN general assembly in New York, with Joe Biden and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro among those scheduled to speak

The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who is due to open the UN general assembly this morning, is having a torrid time in New York, where he has been pursued by angry protesters and reprimanded by senior politicians for snubbing Covid vaccination.

In the few hours since he arrived in the Big Apple on Sunday Brazil’s far-right leader has been scolded by the city’s mayor, Bill di Blasio, who said that those, like Bolsonaro, who refused to be jabbed shouldn’t “bother” to visit New York.

On Monday Boris Johnson also used an encounter with Bolsonaro, under whose presidency nearly 600,000 Brazilians have died from Covid, to push vaccination, telling Brazil’s leader he was double jabbed.

Brazilian protesters, meanwhile, have pursued their beleaguered president around New York to lambast his “murderous” response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo, was berated while trying to visit an Apple Store. On Tuesday morning Bolsonaro, apparently discomboluted by the attacks, tweeted a video in which he called such critics a “brainless” minority with “shit” in their heads.

After speaking broadly on the pandemic and the climate crisis, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres spoke on mistrust, which he called the other “disease [that] is spreading in our world today”.

“When people see promises of progress denied by the realities of their harsh lives, when they see their fundamental rights and freedoms curtailed, when they see grand corruption around them,” Guterres said, along with seeing billionaires going to space “while millions go hungry”.

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