(TheFreedomFlag.com)- The Chinese coronavirus has changed the way the entire world works, affecting not just the way we work every day but stopping large groups of people coming together in the way we have for thousands of years. Owing to the continued spread of the deadly Wuhan virus, the United Nations will not hold its annual conference in its New York building in September for the first time in 75 years.
On Monday, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammed-Bande, announced that the annual conference of bureaucrats and leaders won’t take place as a result of the danger posed by the virus. Muhammad-Bande did tell a press conference, however, that he hopes how will be able to announce a new way that the 193 heads of state and government leaders will be able to give speeches.
Ultimately, it will likely be that the annual United Nations hosts its annual conference online in the same way that the World Health Organization held its annual conference last month. Instead of gathering at a venue as normal, the WHO held an online conference in which global leaders gave speeches via videoconference.
Such a change would be historic. The first United Nations General Assembly was held in 1946 in London, and took place at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster. It came just a year after the United Nations was founded in 1945 in San Francisco.
In that first conference, representatives of 50 nations come together to work together on a diplomatic level and end wars, where possible. It came after the League of Nations proved to be ineffective.
The possibility that the United Nations would not be able to meet as normal was floated back in May by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He said that the UN was looking at different alternatives, leaning heavily towards online speeches and videoconferences. Before the Chinese coronavirus hit, the event was expected to be particularly large, with more representatives than normal, because it is an anniversary year.
It may well be just as significant and well attended but won’t involve thousands of delegates flying in from all over the world to attend.