Biden’s speech, which comes in the morning session, “will concentrate on the proposal that we close the chapter on 20 years of war and open a chapter on intensive diplomacy by bringing together allies and partners and institutions to deal with the great challenges of our time,” said a senior official.
“The president will essentially bring home the message that the end of the war in Afghanistan closed the chapter focusing on war and opened a chapter focusing on targeted, effective, intensive US diplomacy,” the official added.
The official listed Covid-19, climate change, new technologies, trade and economics, investment in clean infrastructure and counter-terrorism as areas that the president intends to draw the world’s attention to — a prospect facilitated by ending protracted military conflicts.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said Monday that in his remarks, Biden will “put the case on why the next decade will determine our future, not just for the United States, but for the global community. And he will speak – and this will be a central part of his remarks- about the importance of re-establishing our alliances over the last many years. ”
Psaki suggested that part of the speech would delve into how the United States will refocus its global priorities and tell reporters that Biden “will talk about his goal of turning our focus and resources to the priorities of regions of the world,” which are most consistent. ”
Pressured on how the president would restore credibility on the national stage while continuing to deal with a series of foreign policy crises, Psaki argued that “criticism of a resolution is broadly different from criticism of the credibility of US leadership.”
“We are committed to these alliances, and it always requires work – from every president, from every global leader – and his commitment is to ensure that we manage our energy, our resources and our efforts on the biggest challenges we face. for in the world, ”she said.
According to the top official, Biden will also emphasize “fierce competition with great powers, but not a new Cold War” —a comprehensive description of his approach to China, but he will also emphasize that the United States does not seek conflict with China.
“President Biden announces tomorrow that he does not believe in the notion of a new Cold War with the world divided into blocs. He believes in strong, intense and principled competition that does not fall into conflict,” the official said.
As has been the tradition, the United States, represented by Biden, will be the second nation to speak on the floor of the General Assembly on Tuesday morning. Biden will follow Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who defies rules requiring a Covid-19 vaccination to be in the House of Assembly.
After Biden arrived in New York City for UNGA Monday afternoon, he met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. On Tuesday, he will meet with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Then in Washington, Biden will attend bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide.
On Wednesday, he convenes a virtual summit on covid-19 on the sidelines of UNGA, and on Friday, he hosts the first ever personal meeting with the Quad collective in the White House — a group consisting of Japan, Australia, India and the United States.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.