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World They said it: Leaders at the hybrid UN, in their own words

10:15  26 september  2021
10:15  26 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

Black Iowa police chief faces backlash after bringing change

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in pre-recorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Thursday, the third day of the 2021 debate.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in prerecorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Friday, the fourth day of the 2021 debate.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world: That's what the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year.

In this photo taken from video, Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this photo taken from video, Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP) In this photo taken from video, Philip Joseph Pierre, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this photo taken from video, Philip Joseph Pierre, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP)

And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in prerecorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Saturday, the fifth day of the 2021 debate.

Defense secretaries in their own words: US 'invented reasons' to stay in Afghanistan

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in prerecorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Friday, the fourth day of the 2021 debate.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in pre-recorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Thursday, the third day of the 2021 debate.

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“Will Tuvalu remain a member state of the UN if it is finally submerged? Who will help us?"

— KAUSEA NATANO, prime minister of Tuvalu

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“Caribbean countries like ours, which were exploited and underdeveloped to finance the development of Europe, have put forward a case for reparations for slavery and native genocide, and we expect that case to be treated with the seriousness and urgency it deserves. There should be no double standards in the international system in recognizing acknowledging and compensating victims of crimes against humanity."

In this photo taken from video, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP): UN General Assembly Vincent and the Grenadines © Provided by Associated Press UN General Assembly Vincent and the Grenadines

— PHILIP J. PIERRE, prime minister of Saint Lucia

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“Many ancient and longstanding political quarrels ought to come to an end in these new, perilous times which humanity faces."

Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

  Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment The images — men on horseback, appearing to use reins as whips to corral Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies, they say, are and have long been anti-Black. The Border Patrol's treatment of Haitian migrants, they say, is just the latest in a long history of discriminatory U.S. policies and of indignities faced by Black people, sparking new anger among Haitian Americans, Black immigrant advocates and civil rights leaders.( AP Photo/Felix Marquez, File) U.S.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in pre-recorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Wednesday, the second day of the 2021 debate.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in pre-recorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Tuesday, the first day of the 2021 debate.

— RALPH E. GONSALVES, prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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“I would like to emphasize that the changing realities of the 21st century demand a newly revamped and responsive United Nations. The organization requires a more democratic, inclusive, and representative approach to the problems of the day."

In this photo taken from video, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this photo taken from video, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP)

— SAMDECH AKKA MOHA SENA PADEI TECHO HUN SEN, prime minister of Cambodia

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“In my region, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and West Papua are still struggling for self-determination. Drawing attention to the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples as stipulated in the U.N. Charter, it is important that the U.N. and the international community continue to support the relevant territories, giving them an equal opportunity to determine their own statehood."

The Senate's Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax is bad for our health

  The Senate's Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax is bad for our health A national-level taxation system based on vehicle miles traveled will discourage the use of environmentally friendly cars.Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has spoken publicly about this initiative, explaining that additional tax resources are needed by the federal government to continue to maintain and expand our transportation infrastructure. Their vehicle miles traveled tax would involve some form of monitoring of how much people drive (through electronic means or self-report) and require every American to pay a tax proportional to those miles.

Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in pre-recorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Thursday, the third day of the 2021 debate.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them , to their regions, to the world: That's what the U . N . General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered in pre-recorded speeches or from the rostrum at the United Nations after a yearlong pandemic break — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Wednesday, the second day of the 2021 debate.

— BOB LOUGHMAN WEIBER, prime minister of Vanuatu

In this photo taken from video, Bob Loughman, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this photo taken from video, Bob Loughman, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at UN headquarters. (UN Web TV via AP)

Progress stalls on EU entry for Western Balkans nations .
BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders gather for a summit on how to keep engaging with their Western Balkans neighbors, the bloc’s once-successful enlargement policy faces an impasse. The European Commission made repeated promises that the future of six countries in the region lies within the 27-nation bloc. But progress has stalled on admitting Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia amid divisions among member countries and some bilateral issues. Nationalist populism has risen in Hungary and Poland, undermining unity.

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