As world leaders arrive to attend the annual UN General Assembly session subsequent week amid the coronavirus pandemic, New York City could have in place amenities that may supply COVID-19 vaccination and testing to all these attending the high-level conferences.
President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid, in his remarks to the opening of the 76th UNGA session Tuesday, stated that with a view to recovering from COVID19, vaccinating the world is his prime focus and he might be holding a high-level thematic debate on vaccine fairness with main specialists and world leaders.
“As you’re all conscious, our host nation has made vaccines universally accessible to the entire United Nations household, together with employees and delegates. I’m glad to announce that town of New York will even offer vaccination and testing assets for all of the attendees of the High-Level Week” he stated, urging UN envoys and delegates to be an “instance” to the world and “do our half in following native necessities.”
Mr Shahid, whereas speaking to the UN reporters was requested if delegations coming for the UNGA have knowledgeable him if they’re unvaccinated attributable to no entry to vaccines of their nations.
“I’ve no reply to that query. That has not been shared with me what number of are coming with out vaccines however the host nation has knowledgeable me that they’ll have the amenities to vaccinate all who’re attending the General Assembly in the event that they so want. It might be facilitated.”
Over 100 Heads of State and Government and plenty of extra overseas ministers and delegates will arrive in New York City subsequent week to attend the annual high-level General Assembly session, which had gone digital in 2020 because of the COVID19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden are among the many world leaders who will tackle the UN General Debate in individual subsequent week. However, issues have been raised over the UNGA high-level week turning into a “super-spreader occasion” as delegations come from numerous components of the world amid a nonetheless raging pandemic and low vaccination charges in many countries.
Last month, the US, host nation of the UN headquarters, had urged heads of presidency and state and ministers to ship their statements to the UN General Debate by video as an alternative of travelling to New York to make sure that high-level week would not not grow to be a “super-spreader occasion.”
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield had written a letter to the 193 Member States of the UN that because the Host Country of the UN Headquarters, her nation bears a “important accountability” to make sure the protection of individuals and New York residents.
“So too does the Secretariat and President of the General Assembly. We want your assist to forestall UNGA 76 High-Level Week from being a super-spreader occasion,” she had written within the letter.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had stated in a press convention final week that the “the City of New York has supplied to all delegates coming to the General Assembly the chance to be vaccinated and we could have right here a… I imply, a system to do it.
He stated the City of New York was cooperating with the UN in a really efficient manner and thanked the authorities for it.
During the General Debate, solely 4 delegates from a rustic, together with the top of state or authorities, might be current within the General Assembly Hall.