[Bilingual, as delivered]
I’m pleased to join you for the closing of the 75th session of the General Assembly — a session held under the shadow of a formidable foe: the COVID-19 pandemic.
By any measure, this has been the most challenging period facing the world since the Second World War.
The pandemic has deepened inequalities.
Decimated economies at the global, national and household levels.
Plunged millions into extreme poverty.
Shattered support systems.
And unraveled decades of hard-won development progress.