World leaders can attend annual General assembly session in person

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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.

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