United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has proposed pre-recordings of speeches by world leaders to be aired during the annual General Assembly in September, in lieu of the leaders gathering at UN headquarters amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Guterres sent a letter to Nigeria's Ambassador to the United Nations Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, who chairs this year's General Assembly, asking him to examine the possibility of a format using pre-recorded addresses or other measures due to the virus outbreak.
Following guidance from the chairman, the international body's 193 member states will determine how to handle the speeches at the gathering.
Although all 50 US states are moving to reopen their economies, New York City and some surrounding areas remain under large-scale social distancing.
Workers at UN headquarters in Manhattan have been asked to work from home until the end of June.
Guterres has indicated that it will be difficult for heads of state to gather in New York in September due to possible continued quarantine measures and restrictions for large gatherings.