World leaders can attend annual General assembly session in personEuropost
The United Nations has decided to let world leaders attend their annual gathering at the UN General Assembly in September in person or deliver pre-recorded speeches if Covid-19 restrictions prevent them from traveling, news wires reported. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, a strong supporter of in-person meetings, said in a note from his office to the 193 UN member nations circulated on Monday that significant efforts have been made to ensure that the UN is able to host an in-person high-level week from Sept. 21-30.
Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic kept world leaders from coming to New York for their annual meeting for the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations. Instead, pre-recorded speeches from leaders were shown in the General Assembly Hall, introduced by a single diplomat from each country.
This year, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters it will be “a hybrid set-up” with some leaders delivering their speeches in person in the assembly chamber and some video statements.