The annual meeting, a diplomatic mega-event held almost entirely for a pandemic last year, will be much more physical when held for two weeks starting Tuesday.
Strict diplomatic rules will be enforced, including mandatory masks for all participants, vaccinations required for headquarters staff, and severe restrictions on access to the 16-acre campus on the East Side of Manhattan, but at least the United Nations We are aiming for partial recovery. Diplomacy from person to person that the leader considers important.
Turkey’s Chairman Volcan Bozkir told reporters at a farewell press conference last week that at least 83 leaders, albeit slim aides, are planning to attend this year’s event. .. (Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid will replace Mr. Bozkir.)
A provisional list of speakers provided by UN officials has indicated that President Biden will attend to be his first speech as president of a world group of 193 people. Biden, unlike his predecessor Donald J. Trump, is a UN enthusiast, and diplomats say his personal appearance reinforces his “America is back” pledge.
The White House has not specified Mr Biden’s plans, and UN officials said the speaker list could be changed to the last minute.
According to the tentative list, top leaders from Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey and Venezuela will all personally give their speeches scheduled for the second week. .. The speech in China will be given by the Deputy Prime Minister shown on the list, and the speech in Russia will be given by Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov.
The new president of Iran chose to send a pre-recorded video, but diplomats said the country’s new foreign minister was expected to attend.