Over 100 world leaders to attend UN gathering in person

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Greater than 100 heads of state and authorities are planning to attend the U.N. Normal Meeting’s annual gathering of world leaders in particular person subsequent week, together with U.S. President Joe Biden, King Abdullah II of Jordan and the presidents of Brazil and Venezuela, in accordance with the most recent audio system listing.

The prime ministers of Japan, India and the UK may even be at U.N. headquarters to ship their nation’s speech to the 193-member meeting, together with Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. And 23 ministers are slated to talk in particular person as nicely, in accordance with the listing obtained Monday by The Related Press.

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N.’s members determined to make this yr’s gathering hybrid, providing nations the potential of sending leaders to New York in particular person or making prerecorded statements to be proven within the meeting chamber, as nearly all international locations did final yr.

Many diplomats and leaders have complained publicly that digital conferences can not substitute for in-person one-to-one or group contacts to sort out regional and world challenges and crises.

The excessive variety of leaders planning to attend in particular person — 73 heads of state and 31 heads of presidency — displays the significance of the annual U.N. gathering, formally known as the Normal Debate, and its function in diplomacy. Whereas all international locations converse publicly within the meeting, loads of the world’s enterprise will get mentioned at personal conferences, lunches and dinners on the sidelines.

Amongst these delivering prerecorded statements this yr would be the presidents of Iran, Egypt, France, Indonesia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The high-level week begins Sept. 20 with a gathering on local weather change known as by Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres. He’ll ship his state of the world tackle on the following day’s opening of the worldwide gathering, formally known as the Normal Debate, adopted by in-person speeches by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and Biden.

The final scheduled audio system on Sept. 27 are from the delegations of North Korea, Myanmar, Guinea and Afghanistan.

The credentials of Myanmar’s present ambassador, from the nation’s ousted democratic authorities, are being challenged by the navy junta, however diplomats say it’s unlikely that problem shall be heard earlier than high-level week by the Normal Meeting’s Credentials Committee. Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers haven’t but submitted a letter difficult the credentials of the earlier authorities’s ambassador, and neither have the leaders of the current coup in Guinea.

Throughout high-level week, there are different occasions on vitality and meals safety, which can each be digital, and commemorating the 20th anniversary of the controversial U.N. convention on racism in Durban, South Africa, and on disarmament, that are each in-person. All different aspect occasions shall be held exterior the U.N. headquarters advanced.

Below measures to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, member states have agreed to restrict the delegations getting into U.N. headquarters with a frontrunner or minister to 6 folks, with solely 4 of them allowed within the Normal Meeting chamber. The secretary-general has additionally mandated that each one U.N. employees within the constructing through the week be vaccinated.

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