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UN General Assembly Kicks Off Under the Shadow of Russia’s Invasion

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Wide view of the Hall during the opening of the meeting of the 86th plenary meeting. Credit: Manuel Elias/UN

World leaders are descending on New York for the 77th UN General Assembly that kicks off on Tuesday where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to dominate proceedings.

“The General Assembly is meeting at a time of great peril,” UN Secretary-Antonio Guterres said at a press conference last week.

“Geostrategic divides are the widest they have been since at least the Cold War. They are paralyzing the global response to the dramatic challenges we face.”

Don’t expect this year’s General Assembly to be “business as usual,” US Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Michele Sison said on Friday.

“Russia’s unprovoked, ongoing assault on Ukraine raises serious questions about its commitment to diplomacy, the UN Charter, and the territorial integrity of nations.”

Food security is another major topic for the global forum, with the world economy hard hit by the pandemic, inflation and struggling supply chains.

Greece will be represented at the UN General Assembly by PM Mitsotakis

According to government sources, prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to highlight Greece’s role as a pillar of stability and security in the region and as a reliable partner and ally at a time when Europe is facing multiple challenges due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He is also expected to focus on Greece’s role as a strategic hub for Europe’s energy security and as an attractive investment destination.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday, September 23, Mitsotakis will refer to the current and future challenges for Western democracies in the midst of unprecedented crises.

He is expected to make special reference to the escalation of Turkish aggression and the unacceptable Turkish challenges, at a time when the West has condemned revisionism and the violation of sovereignty and borders.

In New York, Mitsotakis will also attend a reception hosted by US President Joe Biden on Wednesday evening in honor of leaders participating in the UN General Assembly’s High-Level week.

The prime minister will also meet investors at the offices of Bank of America, where representatives of hedge funds, banks, insurance organizations, and representatives of multinational companies will be briefed on the investment opportunities in Greece.

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