The Heat: UN General Assembly – leaders to discuss climate, COVID-19 and other issues

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The issues are stark, among them, a global pandemic, a climate crisis and geopolitical tensions.

So as world leaders gather – in person and virtually – the question is whether there’s enough goodwill to meet the urgent needs of the day. CGTN’s Sarah Walton reports from the United Nations.

According to the UN, women are increasingly seen as more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men. And then there’s conflict-related sexual violence, made even worse by the ongoing pandemic. Pramila Patten is the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. We spoke about the challenges facing women around the world.

To discuss the issues facing world leaders at the UNGA:

  • Luiz Castro Neves served as Brazil’s ambassador to a number of countries including China, Japan and the DPRK. He’s currently the president of the Brazil-China Business Council.
  • Victor Gao is an international relations analyst and chair professor at Soochow University. 
  • Paolo Von Schirach is president of the Global Policy Institute, a public policy center based right here in Washington, DC.

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