Philippines leader: Rich countries have put poorest at risk

UN – The world’s richest people have put the poorest at risk, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr accused at the United Nations on Tuesday, prompting action on inequality, weapons nuclear and climate change.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since taking office in June, Marcos said “the time to talk about ‘if’ and ‘when’ has long passed” on climate change. and he called on industrialized countries to fulfill their obligations to cut greenhouse gases and aid developing countries.

“The effects of climate change are uneven and reflect a historical injustice: Those least responsible suffer the most,” Marcos said. “This injustice must be corrected and those who need to do more must act now.”

Marcos returned to the topic of the gap between rich and poor at several points throughout his speech, noting the mounting debt burden, lack of Internet access, and the disparate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The richer countries immediately get the vaccine at a cost that cannot be ignored,” he said. “Filipino health workers have been on the front lines in many countries … risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to save others.”

Marcos alludes to inequality in the very complexity he stands for, promoting a seat on the Security Council. He said a lot of UN facilities are being ignored, but gave no details.

“Our very rule is being violated around the world as we speak,” he said.

Among other issues, Marcos called for a reduction in nuclear weapons and the creation of regulations governing the weaponization of artificial intelligence in cyberspace.

Marcos was brought into office in a stunning electoral victory, 36 years after a military-backed “People Power” uprising ousted his father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., from office and become a global disgrace. The eldest Marcos is known for his tyrannical rule, although his son has rejected labeling him a dictator.

AP Country writer, Matt Sedensky, can be reached at [email protected] and For more information on the AP about the UN General Assembly, visit

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