Guterres: 'World must wake up'

The head of the United Nations has used the world's largest diplomatic gathering to sound an alarm.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lectured leaders at the UN General Assembly about their responses to the pandemic and climate change.
He said the world is on the edge of an abyss and people need to wake up.

Guterres said, "Yet instead of humility in the face of these epic challenges, we see hubris. Instead of the path of solidarity, we are on a dead end to destruction. At the same time, another disease is spreading in our world today, a malady of mistrust."

Last year, the pandemic forced leaders to pre-record their speeches and meet online.
This year, more than 100 heads of state or government are scheduled to address the assembly in person.
Guterres told them they face "the greatest cascade of crises" of our time. He urged them to bridge what he called their "great divides."