Leaders from each of the UN’s 193 member states will be given 15 minutes to address the assembly, although the time is not enforced.
The UN’s Climate Summit concluded on Monday without any commitment from world leaders on how to wean the global economy off fossil fuels. This as the effects of climate change are felt every year, from record summer temperatures recorded recently in the northern hemisphere to an increase in extreme weather events.
President Cyril Ramaphosa last week announced that he would not be attending the General Assembly. South Africa’s delegation will instead be led by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor.
Ramaphosa’s excuse for missing the annual talk shop was that he wanted to deal with critical domestic matters like gender-based violence and the violence that has targeted immigrants in Gauteng.