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U.N. Chief says 'I fear the worst' If World Handles Climate Change Like COVID-19

The United States, China, and Russia fought the coronavirus pandemic after the United Nations Security Council on Thursday. Chief Antonio Guterres warned the body that if the climate crisis was approached with the “same disunity and disarray” of COVID-19, “I fear the worst.”
“The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed,” he told the 15-member body.
Guterres said coronavirus was out of reach as the global death toll is close to 1 million, while more than 30 million were infected. He blamed “a lack of global preparation, cooperation, unity, and solidarity.”

U.N. chief says 'I fear the worst' If world handles climate change like COVID-19
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, both took a veiled stab in the United States during the post-COVID-19 virtual council meeting on global governance. Ambassador Kelly Craft answered, “Shame on each of you.”
“I am astonished and I am disgusted by the content of today’s discussion … members of the council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand,” she said.
While not naming any nations, Lavrov noted that the pandemic has deepened the gaps between states.
“We see attempts on the part of individual countries to use the current situation in order to move forward their narrow interests of the moment, in order to settle the score with an undesirable government or geopolitical competitors,” he said.
Long-standing tensions between the United States and China reached the boiling point of the pandemic, illustrating Beijing’s quest for greater multilateral power as a challenge to Washington’s conventional leadership.
Wang called for better communication and cooperation between main forces on Thursday.
“Major countries are even more duty-bound to put the future of humankind first, discard Cold War mentality and ideological bias, and come together in the spirit of partnership to tide over the difficulties,” he said.
U.S. President Donald Trump faces a re-election struggle on Nov. 3 as the United States struggles with the world’s highest official number of coronaviral deaths and infections.
Washington accuses Beijing of a lack of accountability that the outbreak is said to have escalated. China rejects the claims of the United States.
U.N. chief says 'I fear the worst' If world handles climate change like COVID-19
U.N. chief says ‘I fear the worst’ If world handles climate change like COVID-19|Getty Image

Craft repeated those allegations on Thursday, repeating Trump’s call for the world body to keep China responsible.
Chinese U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun denied her charges and said, “Enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already. … The U.S. should understand that blaming others will not solve their own problems.”
“At times, geopolitics have tampered cooperation and hindered our agility. The pandemic has tested the international system like never before,” said Britain’s Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon. “But now is not the moment to reject international institutions.”
The United States announced plans to leave the Geneva-based World Health Organization after Trump accused China of being a pawn during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s statement has been dismissed by the WHO.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also seemed to be stabbed in the United States when he said that the pandemic could not be used to weaken “all the work has been done over recent decades by feminist movements for gender equality.”
“We must be on our guard, we must be watchful, particularly when it comes to protecting sexual reproductive rights,” he told the Security Council.
Trump’s government has moved the United Nations against advocating sexual and reproductive health rights and programs for women because it sees this as a code for abortion. Earlier this month, the United States voted against the United Nations. Resolution of the General Assembly on the Coronavirus Pandemic partially because it contained the vocabulary.

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