At the United Nations in New York, diplomats are facing what Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described as the "greatest cascade of crises in our lifetimes".
Even as the United Nations Security Council welcomed five new countries as non-permanent members, he warned the world is threatened because of inequities and it is deeply divided over issues such as Ukraine and China.
Guterres is starting his second-term in office this week.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from the UN headquarters in New York, the US.
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