Several prominent leaders will address the UN General Assembly in person on Tuesday, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, an outspoken Covid skeptic whose political future is threatened by his mismanagement of the pandemic. Mr Bolsonaro has also caused a stir by vowing to disregard the meeting’s vaccination requirement.
Many leaders are opting to use pre-recorded video, as was done last year, or to have a lower-ranking representative speak in person, and the absence of a leader of a particular country this year is a matter of concern. can send messages.
Perhaps the most prominent leader to spare a personal appearance at the General Assembly is Chinese President Xi Jinping, an increasingly important financial contributor to the United Nations and a rival with the United States for influence there, an underlying source of tensions.
Mr. Xi originally intended his deputy prime minister to represent China, but in a last-minute post by UN officials on Monday, Mr. Xi was on Tuesday as the final speaker to the General Assembly by pre-recorded video. will address.
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin will also not attend, and his foreign minister, Sergei V. Lavrov, will speak instead.
In what could be another sign of France’s anger at the United States over a secret arms deal with Australia, French President Emmanuel Macron has dropped the idea of speaking at the gathering even by video. Instead he tapped his foreign minister, Jean-Yves Ledrian, to speak in what may now be the last day.
Iran’s new president, Ibrahim Raisi, also sent a pre-recorded speech, leaving an opportunity for personal diplomacy that could help salvage Iran’s near-dying nuclear deal with the major powers.
Mr. Bolsonaro will be the first head of state to address the gathering. Brazil is the first to speak since the mid-1950s, and UN protocol officials say the tradition began because no other country’s leader was prepared to take on that role at the time. That position is now considered a coveted slot that could help set the tone of the week.
Other speakers on the day include the presidents of Turkey, Mexico, South Korea, Poland and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The order of speakers generally follows the principle that the leader of the host country comes second, followed by other heads of state, heads of government, vice presidents, the Crown Prince, foreign ministers, then delegates and ambassadors. It is also determined by the date each of the 193 members makes the request.