President to virtually attend UNGA

by | Sep 6, 2021 | International | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will virtually attend this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) being held in New York.
Countries were given options to either fly to the event or participate from their home countries, Zimbabwe took the latter.
This is the second time that Zimbabwe has participated at this important global event virtually.
Last year the whole world attended from a distance due to Covid-19.
The UNGA will run from September 21 to September 27 in New York, United States of America and any other High-Level Meetings occurring on the sidelines of the Main Debate.
Presidential Spokesperson, Mr George Charamba said President Mnangagwa opted not to attend the summit in person.
“This year’s United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to take place from 21st to 27th September 2021, in New York, the United States of America. Key issues and decisions are set to be discussed and decided on in the course of the General Assembly. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, organizers of the Assembly have recommended a hybrid Assembly where Member States have an option to either attend physically through country delegations, or virtually through online platforms,” said Mr Charamba.
Zimbabwe despite managing the Covid-19 pandemic, is still on high alert.
“In light of the continuing Covid-19 global threat, and to allow for the consolidation of reforms and recovery of our Economy whose fundamentals are pointing in a positive trajectory, His Excellency the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa, has this year decided not to attend the United Nations General Assembly in person. Instead, he will participate virtually via video conferencing. This mode includes his pre-recorded Address which is slotted for Thursday, 23rd September 2021, and any other High-Level Meetings occurring on the sidelines of the Main Debate,” added Mr Charamba.
This is the first time in Zimbabwe’s history that a sitting President has decided not to travel to New York for the UNGA.
The decision will save the country thousands in travel allowances.