UN chief António Guterres repeats Bill Clinton’s message ‘The world is on fire’

Two men. Two global organizations. A common theme. Barely 24 hours after former US President Bill Clinton called on “governments, businesses, philanthropic organizations and other leading institutions” to support the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) because “the world is fire,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres dutifully echoed the statement. of impending disaster.

Committed globalists have issued their grim warnings alongside pleas for money – lots of it – and a plea for confidence in their ability to protect our collective future.

In speeches and remarks leading up to the start of the leaders’ meeting on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York, António Guterres cited the “huge” task of not only saving the planet, “which is literally on fire,” but to deal with the persistent coronavirus pandemic.

AP reports that the Portuguese socialist veteran also lamented “a lack of access to finance for developing countries to recover – a crisis not seen in a generation” that has seen ground allegedly lost for education, health and Women’s rights.

Guterres, a guest of Bill and Hillary Clinton as a speaker at a CGI meeting in 2010, will deliver his “state of the world” address at Tuesday’s opening of the annual high-level global gathering while launching a call for new financial contributions from major economies.

He will speak just a day after Clinton called on the world to support his CGI charitable foundation when it resumed on Monday for the first time since 2016, as reported by Breitbart News.

Clinton, president of the United States from 1993 to 2001, said he was “amazed” by the massive response to the resumption of the event after the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The world is on fire in different ways,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. “But there are a lot of things businesses, non-governmental groups and governments working together can do to help solve a lot of these problems.”

File/US President Bill Clinton (L), Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres (C) and European Commission President Romano Prodi pose during the EU/US summit on May 31, 2000 in the gardens of the Quetuz Palace in Lisbon . (STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP via Getty)

A subset of the Clinton Foundation, the CGI “convenes global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” according to its website.

It ended in 2016 when Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign.

The previous year, donations fell 37% amid allegations that Clinton used the charity to solicit millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments and companies in return for favorable treatment. to these entities while she was Secretary of State.

Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer exposed one such deal, known as the Uranium One deal, and other dealings between Clinton Foundation donors and the State Department in his book. Clinton Cash.

The move sparked a deluge of media coverage of the foundation’s dealings from both sides of the ideological spectrum.

Now the CGI is ready to go again and will meet September 19-21 in New York.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, the UN is sitting at the same time for the 77th meeting of the General Assembly of world leaders.

US President Joe Biden, by tradition the second speaker on the first day, will instead speak on Wednesday after returning from the London funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

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