For 1st time in 75 years, world leaders received’t journey to NY for UNGA as session goes digital

United Nations, July 23

World leaders will submit pre-recorded video statements for the United Nations General Assembly session in September, the 193-member organisation has determined, as heads of state and authorities is not going to be bodily attending the annual gathering because of the coronavirus pandemic and the high-level session goes digital for the primary time within the UN’s 75-year historical past.

The landmark 75th session of the UN General Assembly will start on September 15. The General Debate is held initially of every session of the General Assembly and normally runs for over per week when leaders and ministers from the 193 UN member states handle the world from the long-lasting lectern within the General Assembly corridor.

The General Assembly adopted a call on Wednesday that “each Member State, observer State and the European Union can submit a pre-recorded statement of its Head of State, Vice-President, Crown Prince or Princess, Head of Government, Minister or Vice-Minister, which will be played in the General Assembly Hall during the general debate of the Assembly at its seventy-fifth session, the high-level meeting to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations and the high-level meetings…after introduction by their representative who is physically present in the Assembly Hall.”

While taking the choice, the General Assembly famous “with concern” the state of affairs relating to the coronavirus pandemic and the “limitations recommended on meetings within the United Nations premises as precautionary measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19”.

The new format will imply that will probably be for the primary time on the earth organisation’s 75-year historical past that world leaders is not going to collect right here for the high-level week that yearly brings 1000’s of diplomats, authorities officers, civil society members and media individuals from all over the world to New York City.

Telecommuting preparations have been in place on the UN headquarters right here since mid-March as coronavirus unfold quickly throughout New York, making the state the epicentre of the pandemic within the US.

The UN headquarters started its first part of re-opening on July 20, below which not more than 400 folks can be allowed to be current on the premises on any given day, with the intention to minimise the danger of publicity to the virus and to permit for bodily distancing. Those current within the premises should observe strict social distancing tips.

The UN has mentioned that given the evolving nature of the state of affairs and the numerous remaining uncertainties relating to COVID-19, the transition from one part to a different will not be linear and at any time might revert to a earlier part.

In part 2, the UNHQ occupancy will progressively enhance from 10 to 40 per cent, whereas part three or the “new normal” is being designed and can draw on classes realized from the sooner phases.

The General Assembly assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will happen on September 21 and the Declaration can be formally adopted on the assembly. The General Debate of the 75th session of the Assembly will begin from September 22.

Along with the General Debate and 75th anniversary commemoration, key classes may also be held nearly on the UN, the Assembly determined.

The summit on bio-diversity can be held on September 30, assembly of the General Assembly on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women on October 1 and the assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on October 2.

Member states will submit their pre-recorded video statements for these conferences as properly. Each nation can be inspired to watch the time restrict of 15 minutes within the General Debate that would come with remarks within the Assembly Hall to introduce the pre-recorded video and the video itself.

General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande advised member states that with a view to restrict the footprint and the variety of folks into the UN constructing, bodily entry and presence can be restricted to at least one or, if the state of affairs permits, two delegates within the General Assembly corridor.

Further, he mentioned member states “are encouraged to move all side events to virtual platforms to limit the footprint and number of people in the UN building”.

Addressing a digital press convention in June, Muhammad-Bande had mentioned that world leaders can’t come to New York for the annual UN General Assembly session in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“World leaders cannot come to New York because they cannot come as single individuals. A president doesn’t travel alone. We don’t expect therefore to have presidents here,” Muhammad-Bande had mentioned.

The General Assembly session had explicit significance this yr as it will have commemorated 75 years of the existence of the United Nations and would have seen great participation from leaders of the 193 member states to mark the anniversary. PTI

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