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UN General Assembly: Romania’s president discusses pandemic and climate change

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Romania‘s President Klaus Iohannis at the 76th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations discussed important topics such as human rights, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and its challenges,  according to Romania Insider. 

Iohannis stated at the beginning of his speech that, although the pandemic changed people’s lives, it has also provided opportunities to do things better and to find ways to build back better and greener. 

“Global challenges require common solutions, solidarity and cooperation. Romania strongly believes that democratic values and a rules-based international order with the United Nations at its core, are fundamental to build a safer and better future. An effective and equitable multilateralism, directly benefiting our citizens, is essential,” said Iohannis, according to a press release on Wednesday. 

“We must recommit to achieving sustainable economies, as well as resilient, fair and inclusive societies where no one is left behind. (…) In order to be effective in achieving this aim, solidarity in action is necessary,” added Iohannis.

The Romanian President explained that the effects of climate change have no national borders and the responsibility to effectively address them rests on all of us and working with other states and international organizations to respond to climate change is a priority for him.

“Romania remains strongly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. My country promotes the imperative of combating discrimination and hate speech, including anti-Semitism. (…) Romania will continue to work towards these objectives, by pursuing a mandate to the Human Rights Council for the term 2023–2025,” the President noted.

President Iohannis leads between September 21 and September 23, Romania’s delegation at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York.

For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person attendance is allowed at this year’s session of the UN General Assembly.