Follow developments live as Jair Bolsonaro, Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin – among others – give pre-recorded video messages
Diplomats feared this new Zoom-style virtual general assembly with pre-recorded messages would mean world leaders might use it as a televised opportunity to speak to their own people, rather than each other.
This may have proved true: Bolsonaro is talking about pension reform.
Bolsonaro gets stuck in with an attack on the media, who he accuses of having “politicised the virus” by spreading panic and calling for people to “stay home”.
The far-right president has repeatedly trivialised Covid-19 pandemic, and even contracted the virus himself in July.