The President of the United Nation General Assembly said on Monday that global leaders will not be coming to New York for their annual gathering in late September of 2020 for the first time in the 75 year history of the UN because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
But Tijjani Muhammad Bande told a news conference that he hopes to announce in the next two weeks how the 193 global heads will give their speeches on pressing local and world issues during the UN assembly's so called General Debate.
Global leadres can not come to New York because they can not come simply as individuals, he said. A President doesn't travel alone, Global leaders don't travel alone and it is quite impossible to bring large delegations to New York during the COVID-19 outbreak.
We can not have them in person as we used to for the last 74 years - but it will happen, Muhammad Bande said at the annual event.
Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres suggested in May that the gatherings of the global leaders, which was supposed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the UN, be dramatically scaled because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
He also recommended to the General Assemble President in a letter that heads of respective Government and State deliver prerecorded messages instead, with only New York based diplomat from each of the 193 United Nation member present at the assembly hall.
Muhammad Bande said Monday that by late September may be a hundred or so people might be allowed in the General Assemby chamber.
The meeting of world leaders generally leads thousands of diplomats, government officials and civil society representatives to New York for over a week of speeches, receptions, dinners, one on one meetings and hundreds of side events.
2020 was expected to bring an especially large number of leaders to United Nation headquarters to celebrate the founding of the United Nations in 1945 on the ashes of the world war 2.