FILE PHOTO: A employee erects an indication informing those that the United Nations Headquarters will be quickly closed for excursions due to the unfold of coronavirus within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Picture

UNITED NATIONS (1) – The United Nations is taking a look at alternative ways to maintain its 75th annual gathering of world leaders – historically held in New York Metropolis – as a result of “we’re not going to have enterprise as normal in September,” a U.N. spokesman mentioned on Thursday.

New York Metropolis is an epicenter for the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The brand new coronavirus causes the respiratory sickness COVID-19 and has killed a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals globally.

“It’s exhausting to think about that the normal Normal Meeting with 1000’s and 1000’s of individuals descending on New York and on the U.N. compound can be held this September as if nothing occurred,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned.

Dujarric was responding to questions on an interview given by U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres to Paris Match. Guterres mentioned it was “unlikely” the United Nations might convey collectively in New York 1000’s of individuals from across the world.

“We’re learning totally different options that digital know-how presents to allow us to maintain this Normal Meeting which might correspond to the 75th anniversary of the U.N.,” Guterres mentioned. “It’ll be up to the member states to determine.”

The 193-member United Nations Normal Meeting and the 15-member Safety Council have been working just about for 2 months and that’s probably to proceed till a minimum of the tip of June.

World leaders usually journey to New York to deal with the Normal Meeting. A whole bunch of different occasions are additionally held through the week-long gathering, however diplomats say these aspect occasions are probably to be cancelled this 12 months.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols at United Nations; Further reporting by John Irish in Paris; Modifying by Matthew Lewis