They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words

Sep 24, 2022, 3:42 AM | Updated: 3:47 pm
Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembl...

Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

              Foreign Minister of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
            
              Foreign Minister of Laos Saleumxay Kommasith addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
            
              Prime Minister of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovachevski addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
            
              Prime Minister of the Bahamas Philip Edward Davis addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
            
              Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world: That’s what the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year.

And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered universally from the rostrum at the United Nations following successive years of a virtual, then hybrid summit — from leaders who might have not captured the headlines and airtime on Saturday, the fifth and penultimate day of the 2022 debate.

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“We may sometimes have the impression that we say the same things, that we repeat each other. I would like to disagree. If committing to peace and security, to development and prosperity, to upholding international law and respecting human rights, engaging in genuine efforts to mitigate climate change is repeating each other, then we are doing the right thing.”

— Edi Rama, prime minister of Albania

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“Many are beginning to understand that climate inaction is the most expensive option of all.”

— Philip Davis, prime minister of the Bahamas

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“We learn from experience that no problem is a minor problem. Every minor problem has the potential of growing into a more difficult and larger-scale problem.”

— Dimitar Kovacevski, prime minister of North Macedonia

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“Seventy-seven years after our United Nations was formed, we shall no longer be here in this august assembly to stage any claim, lecture, blame or shame one another.”

— Saleumxay Kommasith, foreign minister of Laos

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“Ultimately, we share this planet. Despite our differences, our destinies are interwoven, and no one is safe until all of us are safe.”

— Vivian Balakrishnan, foreign minister of Singapore

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For more AP coverage of the U.N. General Assembly, visit https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assembly

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They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words