US President Joe Biden speaks at the 76th UN General Assembly (Image: AP/Eduardo Munoz)

The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, with high-level meetings wrapping up in New York this week, was dominated by the major crises facing our world today: climate change, COVID-19, and conflict. 

World leaders came together, some in person and some virtually, to deliver speeches in which they explained their countries’ plans to tackle these crises and aired their political grievances. The result was a mix of bold declarations and petty squabbling, calls for unity and calls for condemnation. 

Foreign Policy asked several of its columnists and contributors to weigh in on the speeches they found most compelling — or most concerning.