…Itegboje to initiate modalities on 31st General Assembly special session meeting on COVID-19
The Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Samson Itegboje, has emerged the interim president for the General Assembly special session on coronavirus pandemic.
Itegboje as the Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, has been assigned by the world governing body to be the interim president with the responsibility of supervising modes to convene the 31st special session of the General Assembly.
A special session of the United Nations General Assembly is a subsidiary of the General Assembly to oversee special matters, and in the present context, coronavirus pandemic.
The United Nations Charter affords the General Assembly to summon special sessions as spelt out that: “Special sessions shall be convoked by the Secretary-General at the request of the Security Council or of a majority of the members of the United Nations.”
It was Azerbaijan which requested for the meeting of the 31st special session in a response to COVID-19 on behalf of the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement Contract Group which was hosted in May 2020 by Azerbaijan.
The member states were consequently communicated to of the convening of 31st special session of the General Assembly on COVID-19 by the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, following the two-third votes.
However, in a letter to the member nations, Itegboje specified that the General Assembly would have to agree on modalities for functional discussions on the topic of the special session, as well as the date and matters arising in the consolidating the session.
He also informed the members that the Credentials Committee of the 31st special session should have the same membership as the 74th regular session of the Assembly.