Modi, Biden among 109 world leaders to address UNGA in person next week

Last year, for the first time in 75 years, world leaders had submitted pre-recorded video statements for the UNGA session as they could not physically attend the gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PM Modi and US President Joe Biden scheduled to address the UN general debate in person which will commence by next week.

Over hundreds of state and government heads will attend the High level general debate session in New York. Earlier in the year 2020 the session had gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PM Modi will be addressing world leaders from the iconic UN general assembly (UNGC) hall on 25th September, a day after he participates in the Quad Leader’s summit in Washington DC to be hosted by President Biden on September 24.

PM Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga will participate in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington and “review progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12 March 2021 and discuss regional issues of shared interest,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

 Modi will address the General Debate of the 76th Session of the UNGA on September 25. “The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’,” the MEA statement said.

As per the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, about 109 heads of state and government will address the General Debate in person and nearly 60 will deliver speeches through pre-recorded video statements.

Brazil first speaker, U.S. second, Afghanistan last

Mr. Biden will travel to New York to deliver his first address to the 193-member General Assembly as American President. The U.S. is traditionally the second speaker after Brazil at the General Debate, which this year will run from September 21 to 27.

Afghanistan’s diplomat is listed as the last speaker on the last day of the General Debate. Currently the Afghan envoy at the UN is Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai, who was appointed by former President Ashraf Ghani as Kabul’s envoy to the UN in June 2021. The interim Taliban government in power has not yet made any submission challenging Mr. Isaczai’s credentials.

The diplomats of Myanmar and Guinea are also listed to speak on behalf of their countries on the last day of the debate. However, following the coup d’etat in Myanmar, according to its military rulers, the country’s Ambassador at UN Kyaw Moe Tun has been dismissed and they want Aung Thurein to replace him.

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