Held in September 2017, the 72nd session of the UN general assembly established a very powerful series of events that the world quickly trembled in its effect less than two months later, including but not limited to the egyptian sponsored Palestinian Political reconciliation, in the light of such events, here are the highlights of this iconic session
1- Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech.
As Donald Trump said “The US has great strength and patience”. But he added: “If we are forced to defend ourselves or our allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” In reference to missile and nuclear tests, He stated that the US was “ready, willing and able” to take military action, but said hopefully that would be unnecessary if the rest of the world stepped up its efforts to constrain the Pyongyang regime.
The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs. “As president of the United States,” he said, “I will put America first, just as you as leaders of your countries will always put your countries first.”
It was one of the few lines that drew significant applause, in which he called for action against “rogue regimes” for their lack of democracy.
2- Theresa May speaks out against Trump climate change stance at UN.
Theresa May has issued a veiled warning to Donald Trump, arguing that his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate change treaty ranks alongside North Korea’s nuclear missile tests as a threat to global prosperity and security. She said global cooperation was the only way to confront shared international challenges, including terrorism, climate change, and mass movements of refugees – and condemned countries that fail to play by the rules. “Time after time he has shown contempt for the international community of law-abiding states,” she spoke of Kim Jong-un. “Contempt for his neighbors” & “contempt for the institutions and rules that have preserved peace and security”.
3-Benyamin Netanyahu: “After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel and Israel is embracing the world”.
Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech began with enumerating Israel’s diplomatic breakthroughs, and how the country has significantly improved its relations with many countries because of what it has to offer in terms of technology and anti-terrorism expertise, “I had the honor of representing my country on six different continents,” said Netanyahu explaining the role of the israeli personals in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, & South America, Thus becoming first Israeli prime minister ever to visit Latin America.
4- Tillerson says Iran is not meeting ‘expectations’ of nuclear deal.
A rift between the Trump administration and Europe over whether to stick to a nuclear agreement with Iran depended considerably on Wednesday after a meeting on the deal’s implementation at the United Nations New York.
The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, emerged from the meeting conceding that Iran was abiding by the letter of the 2015 deal, but he still insisted Tehran was not fulfilling the “expectations” of the agreement. He confirmed that Donald Trump had made a decision on whether to continue to fulfill the agreement or walk away in october
5- Turkmenistan stresses importance for greater global cooperation.
In her address, Aksoltan Ataeva, the Chair of the Delegation of Turkmenistan, noted the importance of transport connectivity and cooperation for the achievement of the global development goals and informed the Assembly of the global conference on sustainable transport held in the country last November.
Further in her address the head of the delegation of Turkmenistan noted the challenges posed by terrorism to all countries around the globe and, welcoming the role played by the UN in combatting the scourge, expressed her support for reforms at the Organization, including review of the method of its work and to react to threats in the modern world.
6- Abdul fattah elsisi: Israeli-Palestinian peace would create new reality in Mideast.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi explained the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu during their meeting in New that an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord would create a new reality in the region, strengthening stability and security throughout the Middle East. A statement from the Egyptian Embassy in Washington said that El-Sissi and Netanyahu discussed ways to renew the peace process. The president stressed that he importance of renewing talks between the sides with reaching a two-state solution is the ultimate goal.
By: karim Khaled