Jacinda Ardern Speech: Will You Join Us?

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Jacinda Ardern Speech: Will You Join Us?

Learn English with Jacinda Ardern. Prime Minister of New Zealand, addresses the general debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 24 – 30 September 2019). Jacinda calls on world leaders to fight extremism online, climate change. Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is a New Zealand politician who has served as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. Enjoy our Speeches with subtitles, and keep your English learning journey.

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“You can carve your own path, be your own kind of leader.” Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“Mr. President,

Mr. Secretary-General,


I greet you in te reo Māori, language of the tangata whenua, or first people, of Aotearoa New Zealand.

I do so not just because it is the same way I would begin an address if I were at home, but because there are challenges we face as a world that I know no better way to express.

Māori concepts like kaitiakitanga. The idea that each of us here today are guardians.

Guardians of the land, of our environment and of our people.

There is a simplicity to the notion of sovereign guardianship.

For decades we have assembled here under the assumption that we narrowly cooperate only on the issues that overtly impact on one another; issues like international trade rules, the law of the sea, or humanitarian access to war zones.

The space in between has essentially, been left to us.

We, the political leaders of the world, have been the authors of our own domestic politics and policies. Decisions have been our own, and we have ultimately lived with the consequences.

But the world has changed.

Over time we have become increasingly interdependent. We see more and more often domestic decisions that have global ramifications.

Physical events have taught us that in obvious ways:  oil spills that show no respect for maritime boundaries; nuclear accidents and testing, the impacts of which are never confined to the exact location in which they occur.

But our interdependence, our connection, runs so much deeper than that, and experiences in recent years should lead us to all question whether any of us ever truly operate in isolation anymore.

This is a question that we, the remote but connected nation of New Zealand, have been grappling with this year.

There are things that we are well known for in New Zealand. Green rolling hills, perfect you might say for hobbits to hide and for plenty of sheep to roam.

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