Finally, a Woman Leader Speaks at the UN General Assembly Debate: Slovakia

Day two of the UN General Assembly Debates, and three women spoke, but not until after the 50th slot. Read the recap.

by Sonah Lee. Read more on PassBlue.

President Zuzana Caputova of Slovakia was the first woman to speak at the opening of the 75th General Assembly session, more than 50 speakers in. The dearth of women speaking at the virtual gathering generated lament if not outrage on social media sites. JOHN PENNEY
President Janos Ader of Hungary used the pandemic to segue into the climate change crisis. He steered clear of mentioning his country’s growing autocratic tendencies. JOHN PENNEY
King Salman bin Abdulaziz used his speech to praise Saudi Arabia’s generosity in Yemen, where it is waging a deadly air war, and touted the Saudis’ counterterrorism work at the UN. JOHN PENNEY
President Simonetta Sommaruga of Switzerland, the second woman to speak at the General Assembly, on Sept. 23. Her country is seeking a Security Council seat for 2023–2024. JOHN PENNEY
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya was one of the few leaders throughout the two days of General Assembly speeches so far to dwell on gender equality matters. JOHN PENNEY

Independent Coverage the United Nations. A project of The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, supported by the Carnegie Corporation.

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