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Jakarta Post

UN secretary-general: A hypermarket CEO

  • Dian Wirengjurit


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
This UN handout photo shows Pope Francis as he virtually addresses the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 25, 2020, in New York. (United Nations/AFP/Evan Schneider)

Just recently, 105 heads of state and 45 prime ministers from across the world addressed the first virtual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. The leaders came to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this biggest organization on earth. This year’s general assembly looked to lose its excitement due to the absence of direct interactions among the world leaders, but not its substance for sure. What did the leaders convey to “we the peoples of the United Nations”, as said in the first line of its “sacred” charter? They shared with us: reflections of the past, current state of affairs and, of course, expectations for a better future. In his first appearance at the UNGA, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reminded us “There is no point of celebrating victory among ruins”, because “conflicts are still happening […]...