New York police arrest a large group of climate change protesters in front of the Federal Reserve Bank as New York prepares for the standoff brought on by the United Nations General Assembly.
- The United Nations General Assembly will be held from September 18 to 23 and 26 in New York
- Activists call on the US government to act on climate change
- The city will be on alert with dozens of roads closed.
World leaders descend on midtown Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly and with them protesters take to the streets of New York.
Activists calling for an end to fossil fuel financing were arrested Monday outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to WABC.
Their arrests came after the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its traffic jam alert days for the rest of the year, starting with the week of the assembly.
Traffic jam alert days are when traffic is expected to be the slowest and most congested. NBCNew York found traffic data showing average speeds dropping below four miles per hour in the Midtown central business district during the week of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
Roads will be closed from First Avenue to Seventh Avenue and from 34th Street to 63rd Street. The most significant delays and closures will occur closest to the UN building located at First Avenue and 42nd Street.
Climate change activists calling for an end to fossil fuel financing were arrested Monday outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The protest was timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, which is due to discuss climate goals.
There will be dozens of street closures in Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly
President Joe Biden arrived in the city on Sunday, causing traffic problems as he took his family to dinner at Italian restaurant Il Cantinori.
When he arrived in the city, the streets were blocked to allow his procession to pass. Then, traffic piled up outside the restaurant on East 10th Street, between Broadway and University Place, near the NYU campus, as crowds of people tried to catch a glimpse of the president.
“The United Nations General Assembly is a major event each year that the city is proud to host, but New Yorkers should do their part to minimize traffic congestion and seek alternative modes of transportation,” said the Commissioner of the United Nations. DOT, Ydanis Rodriguez.
During the week-long assembly, heads of state and government will participate in a variety of debates and meetings and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The New York City Department of Transportation has announced traffic jam alert days for the United Nations General Assembly.
Protesters are also expected to flock to the UN building to call on the US government to take action on climate change.
There were more peaceful protests by Iranian Americans, expressing opposition to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, expected in New York.
An estimated 151 heads of state will attend and the New York Police Department will step up security.
Patrick Freaney, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service, said they were planning for 151 heads of state to attend.
UN Secretary-General António will host a summit on climate ambition and high-level meetings on pandemics, universal health coverage and the fight against tuberculosis.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to make his first appearance at the Assembly since the Russian invasion of his country.
Protesters are also expected to flock to the UN building. Climate activists are calling on the US government to take action on climate change.
President Biden (left) arrived Sunday, causing traffic chaos as he attended a dinner with his family and daughter Ashley (right)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (center) delivered his opening remarks at the Sustainable Development Goals summit on Monday.
Other demonstrators hold signs and flags to protest the arrival of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
“There is no credible threat to either the United Nations General Assembly or New York City in general,” said Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban.
City leaders strongly encourage the use of public transportation during the United Nations General Assembly.