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Biden urges UNGA to work together to defeat COVID and climate change

September 21, 2021 15:12 PM UTC

The President spoke at the U.N. General Assembly.

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we meet this year in a moment of intermingled with great pain and extraordinary possibility. We've lost so much to this deputy, this devastating pandemic that continues to claim lives around the world and impact so much on our existence. We're mourning more than 4.5 million people. People of every nation from every background. Each death is an individual heartbreak. But our shared grief as a poignant reminder that our collective future will hinge on our ability to recognize our common humanity and to act together. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the clear and urgent choice that we face here at the dawning of what must be a decisive decade for our world. A decade that will quite literally determine our futures as a global community. Were challenged by urging and looming crises. We're in lie enormous opportunities. If if we can summon the will and resolve to seize these opportunities? Well we work together to save lives defeat COVID-19 everywhere and take the necessary steps to prepare ourselves for the next pandemic for there will be another one. Or when we fail to harness with tools at our disposal as a more virulent dangerous variants. Take hold well, we make the threat of challenging climate. The challenging climate. We're all feeling already ravaging every part of our world with extreme weather or well we suffer the merciless march of ever worsening droughts and floods, more intense fires and hurricanes, longer heat waves and rising seas. Will we affirm and uphold the human dignity and human rights underwoods nations and common cause more than seven decades ago formed this institution. When we apply and strengthen the core tenets of Internet of the international system including the U. N. Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we seek to shape the emergence of new technologies and deter new threats or well, we allow these universal those universal principles to be trampled and twisted in the pursuit of naked political power, in my view how we answer these questions in this moment whether we choose to fight for our shared future or not will reverberate for generations yet to come simply put, we stand in my view at an inflection point in history. Oh