What to watch at Wednesday’s UNGA: Trump, climate, migration

Accra, Sept.
26-(DPA/GNA) – Wednesday marks the second day of speeches in the UN’s General
Assembly and US President Donald Trump’s first time chairing a UN Security
Council meeting.

Britain’s Prime
Minister Theresa May, Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, Cuban President
Miguel Diaz-Canel and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa are
among those expected to take to the podium.

Trump will meet with
one of his strongest allies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at 1300
GMT, according to a Netanyahu spokesman. The two leaders are among the fiercest
critics of Iran’s nuclear program, and Netanyahu has applauded Trump’s decision
to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Trump will chair a UN
Security Council meeting for the first time, with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki
Haley saying it could be the “most-watched Security Council meeting
ever,” in comments ahead of Trump’s UN visit.

The meeting, scheduled
for 1400 GMT, is expected to focus on Iran but was officially scheduled under
the title of “non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

Other world leaders
from the countries of the 15-member council expected to speak include Britain’s
May, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Polish President Andrzej Dude, Bolivia’s Evo
Morales and Mark Rutte from the Netherlands.

Meetings on several
major UN issues are scheduled. The level of US involvement in these events is
unclear, and some of them relate to agreements or UN agencies out of which the
Trump administration has withdrawn the country.

UN Secretary General
Antonio Guterres is hosting a closed-door meeting on climate change at 1500
GMT, with Britain’s Theresa May and France’s Emmanuel Macron expected to

France, Germany and
the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are
hosting a meeting at 1530 GMT to mark the 70th anniversary of the universal
declaration of human rights. The US has announced plans to withdraw from the
UN’s Human Rights Council, which is part of OHCHR.

And at 1800 GMT, there
will be a meeting on the UN’s global compact on migration, which is due to be
adopted in Marrakech in December. Every UN member state has agreed to it apart
from the US and Hungary.

The UN is also holding
its first high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) throughout the day, and hopes
to agree on a political declaration to step up progress in eliminating the
global TB epidemic.


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