U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to fly to New York to attend the annual session of the UN General Assembly in September, the only world leader to discuss the virtual high-level week in person this year, the U.S. envoy said.
“We hope that President Trump will actually speak in person at the General Assembly. He will be the only world leader to speak in person,” U.S. officials said. Ambassador Kelly Craft said in a virtual briefing on Thursday.
Ms. Craft added that with the UN commemorating its 75th anniversary this year, it makes it “much more important that we really take the virtual and enhance it to be able to celebrate the 75th and obviously we ‘re going to be focusing on human rights concerns, on openness and accountability because at any time since COVID, where American taxpayers have really stepped up at a personal level, it’s now.”
The annual session of the General Assembly will be held practically for the first time in the 75-year history of the UN and Heads of State and Government due to the coronavirus pandemic do not attend the annual meeting physically.
World leaders must send pre-recorded video statements for high-level week, which was determined last week by the 193-member organisation.
The United States is the host nation of the United Nations and there is a possibility that Mr. Trump will fly to New York to attend the General Debate of the Assembly’s 75th session on September 22.
After Brazil, the US is usually the second speaker in the debate. It will be Mr. Trump’s last speech to his presidency’s first term general assembly before the U.S. goes into elections in November and Mr. Trump will use the UN forum to showcase his foreign policy achievements while also venturing his campaign agenda.
In making the decision on a virtual UNGA, the General Assembly noted with concern the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the limitations proposed for meetings inside the premises of the United Nations as precautionary measures aimed at preventing COVID-19 spread.