President Jair Bolsonaro (non-party) is expected to attend the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (United Nations) in New York, one year after having participated in the event virtually because of restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Assembly meetings are scheduled to take place between September 21st and 27th. This Friday (3), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent the press notice of the president’s trip to New York.
Although the exact dates of Bolsonaro’s departure and return have not been given, he speaks on September 21 and is expected to return to Brazil a day or two later.
Traditionally, Brazil is the first country to speak at the meeting, which every year brings together several heads of state. After Bolsonaro’s speech, there will be a speech by the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
Last year, in a video message, Bolsonaro repeated the thesis that he was the victim of a disinformation campaign and defended his government’s policies for the pandemic and wildfires in the Amazon and Pantanal.
The 2020 General Assembly was virtually entirely virtual, because of restrictions on international travel, circulation in the US and conurbations, as a way to prevent the dissemination of the coronavirus and the expansion of the health crisis.
This year, the UN adopted a mixed model. Governors will be able to choose whether to appear in person at the organization’s headquarters in New York or whether to send recorded messages.
Delegations of heads of state will be reduced, also for sanitary precautions.
In his first appearance at the UN, in 2019, Bolsonaro made an aggressive speech, attacking other countries and confronting criticism received by his government.
On that occasion, the president presented socialism as an adversary and a risk to nations, made a series of religious references, even celebrated the 1964 military coup and insisted on the idea that the Amazon crisis is contaminated by foreign economic interests.