UN Debates Holding General Assembly In Person
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Fri 18th June 2021 | 09:20 AM
United Nations, United States, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jun, 2021 ) :United Nations members debated this week hosting September's General Assembly in person with smaller-than-normal delegations because of the pandemic, an option amenable to host country the United States.
In normal times, UN General Assemblies -- the largest diplomatic meeting in the world -- see tens of thousands of people descend on New York for the event itself and hundreds of informal gatherings on the sidelines.
The United States agreed to a physical meeting this time -- with strict safety conditions -- during a debate Wednesday, a key step to convening an in-person summit.
"A successful summit with limited delegations is 100% achievable," he said, adding that "use of a pre-recorded video statement by head of state or government should remain an option for delegations this year.
" The United States insisted on "clear rules" for a "safe and successful" summit week.
The criteria for visiting New York as part of a UN delegation should include pre- and post-arrival Covid-19 testing, seven-day quarantines for those who are unvaccinated and temperature checks, the United States said.
"We also recommend following the current one plus one format for the general debate" in the General Assembly hall, Hunter said, allowing two participants per delegation into the hall at once, along with mask-wearing and social distancing.
He also said the US would be recommending a maximum of six people per delegation and would encourage any informal side meetings to remain virtual.
Most countries seem to reject the idea of another virtual meeting like last year, which many participants described as frustrating.