The Taoiseach made the most of a speech earlier on Friday to the UN General Assembly, pleading with world leaders to respond immediately to the challenges posed by Covid 19 and climate change.

“series of alarms have sounded”Micheál Martin

In a speech that followed on from comments made by Prime Minister John Key in front of the UN Security Council on Thursday, he said the meetings in New York this week had come with a “series of alarms have sounded” over conflicts, Covery and climate change

An Irish resolution demanded a UN agreement on the connection between climate change and conflicts.

Martin also used the Taoiseach to emphasise the need to assist the Afghan people after the Taliban took power.

Martin has also admitted as much the failures of the UN and Security Council, citing the conflict in Syria as an example.

In his speech, Martin said the pandemic had “cast a shadow over our world” and called on states to support the Covax programs, which aim to boost delivery of vaccines from rich nations to poorer states.

The PM said supporting Covax was the ‘only way we can meet the target of a fully vaccinated world by mid-2022

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