U.S. President Trump, U.N. SG Guterres Deliver Speeches At UNGA

Devex: Top 3 development takeaways from Trump’s U.N. address
“U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his debut speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and came out swinging against everyone from Venezuela and North Korea to the U.N. itself. … [The speech] offered some insight into the Trump administration’s take on the U.N. and its development agenda. Here are three top takeaways for the development sector. 1. Global development, for the Trump administration, may often come down to global health. … 2. Trump isn’t happy with much of the U.N.’s operations and wants reform according to a U.S. vision. 3. The Trump administration wants other nations to contribute more to the U.N. and to regional stability…” (Lieberman, 9/19).

Reuters: U.N. chief seeks to avoid war with N.Korea, takes digs at Trump
“United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appealed on Tuesday for statesmanship to avoid war with North Korea and criticized world leaders stoking resentment over refugees for political gain, two apparent digs at President Donald Trump. In his first address to the annual gathering of world leaders at the 193-member U.N. General Assembly since taking office in January, Guterres said the North Korea crisis must be solved through a political process…” (Nichols, 9/19).

Washington Post: In Trump’s U.N. speech, emphasis on sovereignty echoes his domestic agenda
“…Trump’s U.N. speech struggled with these conflicting impulses to the point of incoherence. In paying homage to American generosity on the world stage, Trump cited several U.S.-funded global health programs that the budget his administration released May 7 calls for significantly cutting. He praised the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe after World War II, even as he has repeatedly vowed that the United States’ days of nation-building are finished…” (Jaffe/DeYoung, 9/19).

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