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The Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg (center), joins other young people for a school strike or demonstration outside the United Nations in New York. UN photo

Two days after disembarking from her carbon-free yacht in New York, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg paid a visit to United Nations (UN) Headquarters after joining participants of her global climate strike movement, Fridays for Future, at the Organization’s gates.

The 16-year-old and two other teens got a preview of the UN General Assembly Hall, where all 193 of the entity’s member states gather every year to discuss a wide array of international issues, and where Thunberg is scheduled to speak during the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit next month.

The Swedish youth activist was greeted by General Assembly president, María Fernanda Espinosa, who tweeted:
Welcome, Greta Thunberg and climate activists to the UN in New York. Your determination for climate action has shaken the world and we join you in holding leaders accountable. “Science, not Silence” #ClimateActionNow.

She also received praise from UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a Twitter message:
“I’m far from New York, but I’m happy to know that young people came to the UN once again to express their commitment in the fight against climate change. I encourage them to keep pushing for stronger #ClimateAction.”

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