High-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly begins – Prensa Latina

This was announced by Maldivian diplomat, Abdullah Shahid, who is chairing this 76th session committed to strengthening measures to recover from the health emergency.

In his opening address to the 76th session of the Assembly last Tuesday, he said that at this time, much hope is needed, and although the pandemic has unleashed an unprecedented crisis, many acts of compassion and humanity have also been witnessed.

The inaugural meeting of the high-level segment this Monday will host a sustainable development moment to analyze progress on those 17 goals, just as the world is witnessing an asymmetric response to the health crisis and this affects the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, in particular, in developing countries.

Specifically, in his first address to the new session of the Assembly, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, insisted on the need to persevere in treating Covid-19 with the equitable distribution of vaccines around the world.

In addition, he called for continued efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and achieve more ambitious goals for the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow (Scotland).

Tomorrow the general debate of the Assembly will begin, in which Heads of State and Government and other dignitaries will intervene and will be held in a mixed format, providing the possibility to travel to the headquarters and deliver the speech live or send pre-recorded interventions.

More than 100 heads of state and government have reported that they will personally participate in this discussion, after the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 prevented them from being at the United Nations and the event was almost held for the first time.

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US leaders, Joe Biden; from South Korea, Moon Jae In; And from Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, some of those who have already announced their attendance at the debate that will be held from September 21 to 27.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also plans to attend; Naftali Bennett from Israel. and Narendra Modi from India.

In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, strict health protocols will be followed inside the building, which includes the use of masks indoors and physical distancing, among other things, according to a document approved at the United Nations.

To limit the number of people, access to and presence in the public hall will be limited to four representatives of each member state and observer, including the head of state or government.

Likewise, bilateral meetings are planned between VIPs who personally attend the largest event held by the United Nations each year.

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