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Mr. President of the General Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
On almost every front, our world is under enormous stress.
We are not at ease with each other, or our planet.
Covid-19 is a wake-up call – and we are oversleeping.
The pandemic has demonstrated our collective failure to come together and make joint decisions for the common good, even in the face of an immediate, life-threatening global emergency.