UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged member states to come together to find solutions as fractures deepen over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Guterres spoke to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, the day after the 77th session of the General Assembly opened.
Leaders and foreign ministers from around the world will deliver speeches starting next Tuesday.
Guterres said, "The General Assembly is meeting at a time of great peril," and "Geostrategic divides are the widest they have been since at least the Cold War."
The secretary-general pointed out that the international community has not been able to sufficiently address many challenges, such as the invasion-linked global surge in food prices that have affected the poorest people.
Guterres said this year's General Assembly speeches must be about providing hope. He said, "That hope can only come through the dialogue and debate."