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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020. 3:11 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is being held virtually for the first time, with leaders speaking to a sparse, socially distanced room at the UN’s headquarters in New York City. 

The Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reports via New York Carib News that following South American counterparts, Suriname and Guyana yesterday, Wednesday, will be Dominica and Haiti today, Thursday; Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda on Friday; Grenada, Jamaica, St Vincent, and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas on Saturday; and Belize next Tuesday. 

“This month, there will be no bumping into presidents or the occasional global celebrity in hectic and sometimes crushed corridors at UN Headquarters in New York,” the organization said in a press statement. 

“There will be no marveling at seemingly endless presidential motorcades on First Avenue [in New York] and no ‘standing-room-only’ moments in the gilded General Assembly Hall, as the organization’s busiest time of the year is reimagined in the time of COVID-19,” it added. 

“But that’s not to say that the wheels of global diplomacy and sustainable development will not be turning at the usual speed,” it said, adding that the centerpiece of any new General Assembly is undoubtedly the General Debate. 

“It’s a globally unique occasion at which presidents and heads of state or sometimes their deputies or foreign ministers, take to the dais, and address a world audience on an issue of their choosing. This year, because of the pandemic, world leaders will be staying away and have been invited to send in pre-recorded videos of their speeches which will be broadcast “as live”. 

The United Nations was established in 1945 and has been marking its 75th anniversary with what the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called an extended “people’s debate”, which “promises to be the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want”. 

 

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