His oration covered numerous different topics including rule of law, sustainable development, hybrid threats to democracy, digital technology and climate change. In most of these cases, Levits simply stated that international cooperation was required.
However, at a couple of points he got a bit more specific. On digital data he said: "The UN must actively promote discussion of personal data protection in cyberspace, especially the ethical and legal standards for the collection and use of personal data."
And he laid down another clear marker to Russia saying:
"I must point to Russia’s open disrespect for the principles of international law, as violation of Ukraine’s and Georgia’s territorial integrity continues. Such brazen disregard for international law must not be accepted as the “new normal”."
During the UN General Assembly meeting, Levits also had meetings scheduled with President of Croatia, HE Ms Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Moldova, HE Mr Igor Dodon, President of Austria, HE Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, HE Ms Erna Solberg, and President of Georgia, HE Ms Salome Zourabichvili. President Levits will also attend a reception hosted by President of the US, HE Mr Donald J. Trump, plus a scheduled meeting with founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab.
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