COVID-19 and the climate took center stage as the United Nations General Assembly opened up yesterday, under an honor system vaccination requirement for in-person attendees.
Nevertheless, it was Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro—who reportedly isn’t fully vaccinated—who spoke first, defending his country’s COVID-19 response, CIDRAP reports.
Next up was US President Joe Biden who, responding to critiques of his global leadership, emphasized a “collective future.”
Making good? Today the White House is hosting a global COVID-19 summit focused on ramping up countries’ commitments to global vaccination efforts and other pressing challenges, The Hill reports.
- Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova urged countries to “decouple economic growth from the degradation we have been causing to the planet,” according to PassBlue.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plugged a soon-to-come “national” vaccine called Turkovac.
Special guest appearance: In their third UNGA gig, Korean supergroup BTS combined a video performance with a live speech about climate change, digital community, vaccines, and youths’ role in setting the global agenda, NPR reports.
- Tomorrow: the first-ever UN meeting on overhauling global food systems.
- Friday: The first global summit on sustainable energy in 40 years, and energy action days today and tomorrow.