The 76e session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76), opened on September 14, 2021. But the general high-level debate will only take place from Tuesday 21, until September 27, 2021, under the theme “Building on hope to build resilience to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, meet the needs of the planet, respect human rights and revitalize the United Nations“.
On Wednesday September 22, 2021, between two meetings, the “20e anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action on Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance ”. The General Assembly meets annually in regular sessions from September to December, in New York, and at other times as required. It examines specific questions within the framework of main or secondary items of the agenda, which lead to the adoption of resolutions. If, at its previous (75e) the heads of state, government and representatives had not made the trip to New York in view of a context marked by the pandemic, UNGA 76 will this time be open face-to-face. Due to the global health crisis, delegations allowed in the General Assembly Hall will be reduced (1 + 6) and UN Member States have been encouraged to provide pre-recorded statements rather than visiting headquarters. the UN.
Despite these restrictions, more than 100 heads of state or government are expected in New York. The Kingdom of Morocco should participate remotely as last year in this high-level meeting and in the traditional general debate which will see a massive participation of Heads of State and Government and not the least. Never mind, this is an opportunity for the Kingdom to reaffirm its attachment once again to multilateralism and its progress, to more solidarity and international cooperation, to the environment and others. US President Joe Biden will be followed when he speaks Tuesday in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. According to a senior official in the US administration, he should “let it be known tomorrow that he does not believe in the notion of a new Cold War with a world divided into blocks”, an allusion made to the fierce rivalry between Washington and Beijing.
But much more than that, this AGNU 76, the crisis with Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom and France risks overshadowing, this week, the many subjects that will be debated in New York. And yet there is something to do with burning issues such as Afghanistan, Lady Covid-19, through Libya, Iranian nuclear power, the environment, human rights or the progress of the work of the Alliance for Multilateralism, launched by Paris and Berlin two years ago. This was a direct response to populism, and was aimed at Donald Trump. “For the times they are changing”, Europeans are experiencing an even deeper crisis under Joe Biden… They were far from imagining such a scenario. Last Friday, France recalled its ambassadors in Washington and Canberra for consultations. An unprecedented decision, which follows the “Akaus” alliance announced on Wednesday by the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom and which breaks the “contract of the century” between Canberra and the French Naval Group, for a total of more than 50 billion euros. A real snub to France and the EU, which since the contract was “torn up” have not stopped shouting haro on the United States.
As for the Maghreb, the diplomatic representation of Tunisia, Mauritania, Libya and Algeria will be physically present in New York at this UNGA 76, like the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians abroad, Othman Jerandi or the Algerian MAE Lamamra. The latter nostalgic for the time of‘Abdelaziz Bouteflika, when very young, he had chaired the 29th session of the UN and expelled the delegation from South Africa for the inglorious motive of Apartheid, tweeted a vibrant tribute to the deceased. But we do not know if it is to the diplomatic talent of the man or to the man of whom he was the man that he spoke. ” Peace to the soul of the one whom fate wanted him to die at the opening of the session of the United Nations General Assembly to remind us of his important role and his diplomatic successes ”.