N/Korea, Myanmar put UN under pressure

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Mr. Antonio Guterres
Mr. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

The United Nation (UN) is under immense pressure following an escalating nuclear threat from North Korea and the mass flight of minority Muslims from Myanmar, ahead of its meeting starting on Monday.

World leaders will have to tackle these pressing issues and other tough challenges from the spread of terrorism to a warming planet.

U.S. President Donald Trump and France’s new leader Emmanuel Macron, who will be making their first appearance at the General Assembly would be the centre of attraction.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will also be on the spotlight as he is expected to brief the Assembly on the recent happenings in the South Eastern part of the country and the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

They will be joined by more than 100 heads of state and government, including Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who is said to be bringing a 70-member entourage.

While Trump’s speeches and meetings will be closely followed, it will be North Korea, which Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls “the most dangerous crisis that we face today,” that will be the most carefully watched.

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