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Most of U.N.'s most powerful members to skip high-level meeting

Despite the absences, the politics of catastrophe and climate inaction toward Earth's impaired health await the assembly's annual gathering of world leaders next week in New York.

Diplomats inside the U.N. General Assembly Hall
Diplomats inside the U.N. General Assembly Hall (AN/J. Heilprin)

Just one of the United Nations' permanent seat-holders on its most powerful arm, the Security Council, plans to attend the General Assembly's annual high-level meeting.

That's the United States, the world body's host nation. The leaders of China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom – all of whom also have veto power on the 15-nation Security Council, plan to skip the assembly's September gathering.

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