Duterte to speak again before UN body

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) – President Rodrigo Duterte will again press for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines and human rights when he speaks before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Sept. 22.

Duterte is one of the participating world leaders in the High-Level General Debate of the 76th UNGA session.

"President Duterte will advance Philippine positions on global issues of key concern, such as universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, climate change, human rights, including the situation of migrant workers and refugees, and international and regional security developments," Malacañang said in a statement.

In his UNGA debut last year, Duterte emphasized that a COVID-19 vaccine must be considered a "global public good" without compromising its safety and effectiveness. 

The President also assured that the Philippine government remains committed in protecting the human rights of its citizens. 

Duterte also affirmed in the UNGA session last year the Philippines' win against China in a 2016 ruling over the South China Sea.