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Coronavirus pandemic: UNGA to adopt ‘silence procedure’ voting


General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has proposed voting on essential matters through a “silence procedure” of unanimity while the UN headquarters is under a virtual lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic and meetings are not possible. India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin welcomed the proposal made on Tuesday saying, “Extraordinary situations require innovative solutions which remain true to spirit of international cooperation.” Under Muhammad-Bande’s proposal sent to all permanent representatives, draft decisions proposed by him in consultation with the General Committee will be circulated to all members under the “silence procedure.” If no one breaks the silence – that is, responds to it – within 72 hours, the decision would be considered adopted and the General Assembly would make a note of it when it reconvenes, the proposal said. (IANS)

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