Reem Abaza, spokesman for the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, confirmed on Thursday that the debate over the General Assembly of the Organism, the largest UN event of the year, will take place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Abaza said all participants were asked to submit a previously recorded video that will be played in the General Assembly hall. However, the room will not be empty as a representative from each state will be physically present and responsible for the presentation of the video from their country.
The spokeswoman said that further details on the organization of the events, including logistics, will be released “in due course”.
The General Assembly is one of the most important organs of the United Nations, the only one in which all member states (today 193) are represented with one vote each. This forum discusses issues of global importance such as sustainable development, peace and security, climate change or gender equality.
Every year in September, a general debate takes place at the UN headquarters in New York, in which executives from all over the world participate. With this law, the new session of the General Assembly begins.