UNITED NATIONS– Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is suggesting that the annual event of world leaders in late September, which was supposed to celebrate the 75 th anniversary of the United Nations, be dramatically scaled back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guterres recommended in a letter to the president of the General Assembly that presidents and federal government deliver prerecorded messages instead, with just one New York-based diplomat from each of the 193 U.N. member nations present in the General Assembly Hall.
Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has said a decision on the annual gathering will be made after consultations with U.N. member states.
The meeting of world leaders generally brings countless federal government officials, diplomats and civil society representatives to New york city for over a week of speeches, dinners, receptions, one-on-one conferences and numerous side occasions.
This year was anticipated to bring a particularly a great deal of leaders to U.N. headquarters to celebrate the founding of the United Nations in 1945 on the ashes of The second world war.
However New York has actually been an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with over 190,000 cases and nearly 16,000 verified deaths.
Guterres stated in the letter, initially reported by the Press Trust of India and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, that although September is some months away “the medical community anticipates that the pandemic will continue to cycle with differing degrees of intensity, depending upon the ability of the afflicted nation to carry out aggressive recognition, screening, tracing and containment measures.”
” It is anticipated, therefore, that worldwide travel restrictions might remain in place for some destinations– meaning quarantines may affect tourists to and from New York City City,” he stated.
While the General Assembly might consider holding off the high-level meeting to a date in 2021, he stated it would be much better to hold it at the start of the brand-new General Assembly session in September.
This will allow the U.N.’s work “to continue continuous, albeit in a various format, and for world leaders to convey their views on essential worldwide issues, including on the international action to the pandemic, in addition to hear the views of other leaders,” Guterres said.
General Assembly spokesperson Reem Abaza repeated Tuesday that “no decision has actually been made yet” relating to the yearly event.
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