This is not a 'vanity fair': UN chief Guterres on absence of all but one UNSC P5 leaders at UNGA high-level week

Updated: Sep 19 2023 8:58AM

By Yoshita Singh

United Nations, Sep 19 (PTI) With the majority of the leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council absent from the UN General Assembly session this year, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said it was not a "vanity fair" and commitment made by governments on various pressing global issues are more important than the presence or absence of a particular leader.

US President Joe Biden is the only head of State or Government from among the five permanent members of the powerful UN Security Council -- China, Russia, France, the UK and the US -- who is attending the high-level week.

Biden arrived here on Sunday for the 78th high-level session of the UN General Assembly and will address world leaders from the UNGA lectern on the opening day of the General Debate on Tuesday morning.