The historic 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) begins virtually amid coronavirus outbreak. For the first time in the 75-year history of the global organization, world leaders will attend the session virtually. In this annual high-level conference, leaders from all over the world will discuss the threats due to coronavirus.
Earlier, Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir took charge as chairman of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. He replaces Tijjani Muhammad-Bade of Nigeria. The UN General Assembly’s historic 75th session will be seen as never before in its history, due to the coronavirus epidemic that has infected more than 29 million people worldwide so far.
UNGA’s 75th session begins virtually for the first time:
For the first time, the heads of nations of UN members, ministers and diplomats will not gather in New York for the conference. The leaders of various countries will make pre-recorded video statements for the General Assembly conferences and various meetings.
Countries have to take steps regarding the immediate impact of the COVID-19: UN
In his address at the beginning of the UNGA session, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that this year will be the most difficult in the history of the United Nations as countries have to take steps regarding the immediate impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, strengthening health systems and support the development of vaccines and treatment. He said that we are unaware of the impact of the epidemic, its social and economic impact and other global challenges. Our only hope is that we unite to react to it and support the most sensitive people.
PM Modi may address the session from a pre-recorded statement on 26 September:
UNGA President Volkan Bozkir underlined the importance of personal attendance meetings and reiterated his intention to hold more such meetings. A high-level meeting of the General Assembly is likely to held on 21 September to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the session from a pre-recorded statement on 26 September. The grand discussion of the 75th session of the assembly will run from 22 September to 29 September.