There is a warning that the world is in "great peril," UN (AP)

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United Nations chief says conflict and climate catastrophes must be tackled in person for the first time in three years,

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expanding destitution and disparity and addressing divisions among significant powers that have deteriorated since Russia attacked Ukraine.

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In discourses and comments paving the way to the beginning of the pioneers' gathering Tuesday,

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres referred to the "enormous" task not only to save the planet, "which is literally on fire," in peril.

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As it may be in managing the persistent coronavirus pandemic.

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As well, he pointed out the "lack of access to finance for the recovery of developing countries" – "a crisis unprecedented in generations" that has undermined education, health, and women's rights.

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Guterres will deliver his "State of the World" speech at the opening of the annual key level on global social issues on Tuesday.

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