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The other issues: Pandemic focus at UN pushes out key topics

Added 09-25-20 01:22:02pm EST - “At the United Nations this week, Kenya's president lamented the loss of animal species and called for measures to combat climate change. Slovenia's president spoke of eliminating land mines, legacies of bygone wars that still maim…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “The other issues: Pandemic focus at UN pushes out key topics”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

At the United Nations this week, Kenya’s president lamented the loss of animal species and called for measures to combat climate change. Slovenia’s president spoke of eliminating land mines, legacies of bygone wars that still maim and kill. And leaders of Iran, Cuba and Libya asked for a lifting of sanctions, hoping to eliminate measures they say hinder development and undermine international cooperation.

None of these issues - nor numerous others - is getting lavish attention during this year’s virtual General Assembly leaders meeting, which goes through Sept. 29. Just as the coronavirus pandemic has taken center stage in daily life worldwide, it has hogged the conversation at the biggest of annual international meetings.

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That has generated concerns that ground will be lost in tackling other major problems that will be around long after a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and deployed. Some of the other major issues getting lesser attention at the General Assembly this year: climate change, nuclear proliferation, refugee migration, poverty, cyber security and gender-based violence.

“COVID-19 is a massive distraction,” said Mala Htun, a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. But, at the same time, Htun notes that the coronavirus is putting a spotlight on some big issues.

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