On Tuesday, September 24, President Buhari will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During the morning session, the President, who will be the second speaker on the fourth day, will deliver his address to other world leaders by 9 a.m. (about 2 p.m. Nigerian time).
As is customary, Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, would be the first international leader to address the 76th session, followed by the United States’ President, Joe Biden, as the typical second speaker, as the host country.
Leaders from more than 80 countries would speak in-persons at the Assembly while other world leaders would speak through pre-recorded video messages.
At a press briefing, Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, said strict pandemic rules would be enforced at the Assembly for the 2021 session.
Dujarric said the enforcement would include mandatory mask-wearing for all participants, required vaccinations for headquarters staff, and severely limited access to its 16-acre complex.
The UN is aiming for at least a partial restoration of the person-to-person diplomacy that its leaders regard as critical for the organisation’s ability to function.
76th session of the General Assembly opened on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, with the inauguration of a new President, Abdulla Shahid of Maldives.
The gavel was passed to Shahid by his predecessor, Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, at the closing of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.