Adopting Five Texts, General Assembly Extends Silence Procedure for Taking Decisions during COVID-19 Pandemic, Establishes Modalities for Upcoming General Debate

22 Jul

The General Assembly — operating under the silence procedure it has embraced amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — adopted five decisions on 21 and 22 July, including one extending that procedure until 31 August and another setting out hybrid virtual and in-person modalities for its upcoming high-level general debate.

General Assembly Begins First Special Session Since 2016 to Discuss COVID-19 Pandemic Chairs of Six Main Committees for Upcoming Seventy-Fifth Session Also Elected

15 Jul

The General Assembly on 10 July opened its thirty-first special session on the COVID-19 pandemic, the first special session convened in four years, with a general debate envisioned and questions remaining about the format and modalities for holding formal meetings on a virtual platform.

General Assembly, Adopting Decisions from Fifth Committee, Agrees to Keep Global Service Delivery Model under Review, Defer Closing of Côte d’Ivoire Operation

13 Jul

On the recommendation of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), the General Assembly adopted two decisions on 13 July, one deferring financial discussions around the closure of the United Nations operation in Côte d’Ivoire, and the second keeping the issue of a global service delivery model — aimed at consolidating the Organization’s administrative services — under review.