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September 21, 2020

Virtual edition of UN General Assembly to see record attendance

World

September 21, 2020

UNITED NATIONS: The virtual edition of the United Nations General Assembly will see a record number of Heads of State and Government address the high-level week through pre-recorded video statements, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said. This year, for the first time in the UN’s 75-year history, Heads of State and Government will not be travelling to New York for the General Assembly session due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have submitted pre-recorded video statements for the various summits and sessions that will be played in the iconic General Assembly hall. The General Debate, that runs from September 22 to 29, will see 119 Heads of State and 54 Heads of Government speak through pre-recorded video statements in this year’s virtual format compared to previous in-person sessions when typically between 70 and 80 Heads of State participated in-person in the General Debate. UN Secretary-General Guterres said the General Debate will have the largest number of Heads of State and Government ever who will make their national statements recorded in their own countries and then broadcast in the General Assembly room with the presence of the permanent representatives but without delegations coming from the capitals.