In a September 9 letter, Democratic New York City Hall informed General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid that all delegates wishing to enter the United Nations compound would be likely to be asked for proof of vaccination. . The city’s health commissioner, Dave Chokshi, points out that the General Assembly amphitheater is “a convention center” subject to the same rules as most indoor activity spaces in New York.
More than a hundred heads of state and government – including the American Joe Biden, the Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro, the Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan or the Briton Boris Johnson but not the Frenchman Emmanuel Macron who will not make the trip – have announced their willingness to participate in person in the UN General Assembly.
Several dozen or even hundreds of people usually accompany leaders on their travels but, due to the pandemic this year, each delegation has had a limit of 7 people allowed to enter UN headquarters, of which only 4 will have access to the amphitheater of the General Assembly. No media accreditation was allowed.
Last year, the annual session of the Assembly was held mostly virtually without any leadership coming to New York. Those not coming this year will deliver their speech in a pre-recorded video message.
According to the letter, delegates will also be required to “show proof of vaccination before being able to eat, drink or exercise on UN grounds and to participate in all entertainment, dining and entertainment activities. New York City Fitness “.
This obligation provoked an angry reaction from Moscow. In a letter dated Wednesday to the President of the General Assembly, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said he was “very surprised and disappointed” that Abdulla Shahid had given his support to such a measure. , which he considers “clearly discriminatory”.
“Preventing delegates from independent nations from accessing the General Assembly Hall or other areas of the United Nations headquarters would represent a clear violation of the United Nations charter”, he adds in this letter obtained. by AFP.