Roads closed – Van der Bellen took the metro to the UN meeting


The New York government has recommended using the subway or bicycle, based on the UN General Assembly. Everything stands still on the streets of Manhattan. One of the prominent participants in the debate, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, also accepted the advice. He posted a photo on Facebook of himself standing on the subway.

He is studying a document on a red suitcase. “Today in New York the focus is on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Goal number 11 is: Sustainable cities and communities – this also means that everyone must have access to safe, affordable and sustainable transport systems,” it says. The message was posted on Monday.

Here you see the photo of Alexander Van der Bellen in the metro.

As reported, Van der Bellen is currently attending the UN week in New York with Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg. On Tuesday afternoon (5 p.m. local time, 11 p.m. CEST), the two politicians will meet with UN Secretary General António Guterres. The police will be present with a large contingent at the start of the general debate on Tuesday.

Multiple challenges
Manhattan’s Turtle Bay neighborhood has already become a fortress. Numerous streets around the United Nations headquarters on the East River are completely closed, others can only be passed through with special passes. The New York City Council warned of five so-called ‘Gridlock Days’ in a row – days when everything on the streets comes to a standstill. She recommends using the subway or bicycle or, alternatively, walking. Some buses are diverted.

About 25,000 people live in the affected district. You are currently confronted with extra noise, for example from police sirens. The roofs of many buildings are used for snipers. Street markets were cancelled. It is also virtually impossible this week to view an apartment or order a pizza at home. Those who can leave the city, one resident told the New York Times.

Source: Krone


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