The UN General Assembly has never been canceled, but COVID-19 will affect the format of its holding in 2020. For the first time in history, sessional meetings will be virtual, and the speeches of world leaders will be broadcast in recordings.
The Chairman of the UN General Assembly, Tijani Muhammad-Bande, appealed to the member countries of the organization with a proposal to hold the scheduled session of the General Assembly online. On Wednesday, June 10, reports Deutsche Welle.
In his address to the UN member countries, Muhammad-Bande expressed concern about the world situation due to the coronavirus pandemic and suggested that during the General Assembly in the hall present pre-recorded speeches without the personal participation of state leaders in the meeting.
“I suppose that restrictions on international travel and holding large-scale meetings with the direct participation of state leaders due to the COVID-19 pandemic may still be to some extent still in force in September 2020,” said Muhammad-Bande.
According to him, countries should send recordings of speeches of their presidents, prime ministers, or other representatives, lasting no more than 15 minutes, five days before the session.
Earlier, the UN said that the coronavirus pandemic negatively affected three key indicators for world civilization. The organization believes that COVID-19, with its triple blow to health, education, and income, can be considered the most widespread and deepest crisis in 30 years.