Can a Virtual U.N. General Assembly Deliver on Real World Problems?

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a Security Council meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, Feb. 11, 2020 (AP photo by Seth Wenig).
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a Security Council meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, Feb. 11, 2020 (AP photo by Seth Wenig).

Expectations will be low this week as the United Nations kicks off its first General Assembly by Zoom. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has come up with a catchy theme—“The Future We Want, the UN We Need”—but don’t expect any breakthroughs. The most significant accomplishment will be a general Declaration of Principles issued on Sept. 21, in which member states recommit themselves to multilateralism. Beyond that, the world body is in a holding pattern, awaiting the outcome of November’s U.S. presidential election and the eventual passing of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s a pity, because the U.N.’s 75th anniversary finds the world racked […]

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