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    • A remarkably empty hallway leading to the General Assembly Hall at the UN headquarters.
    • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was among very few top officials to actually deliver a speech at the UN headquarters rather than distantly.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin addressing the General Assembly in a video.
    • A TV crew outside the UN headquarters.
    • President Donald Trump speaking at the 75th UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded video.
    • Delegations arriving at the 75th UN General Assembly.
    • French President Emmanuel Macron holding the virtual floor at the 75th UN General Assembly.
    • A video address by Lithuania's president Gitanas Nauseda.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a pre-recorded address.
    • Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaking at the 75th session in a virtual format.
    • A video address by Columbian President Ivan Duque Marquez.
    • A banner warning of COVID-19-related guidelines at the UN headquarters.
    • A banner warning of COVID-19-related guidelines at the UN headquarters.
    • Inside the UN headquarters.
    • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivering remarks at the UN General Assembly.
    • A view from inside the UN headquarters.
    • A banner calling for maintaining social distancing at the UN headquarters.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech.
    • Paper towels at the UN headquarters.
    • A video-operator working at the UN General Assembly.
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    A remarkably empty hallway leading to the General Assembly Hall at the UN headquarters.

    The annual debate was held this year under the unprecedented circumstances created by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to which most of the head of states' addresses had to be pre-recorded.

    The halls of UN headquarters in New York have been remarkably empty in 2020 despite hosting one of the biggest political events of the year - the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The current coronavirus pandemic has transformed the UNGA, as most of the world leaders had to pre-record their statements since they could not travel to New York due to the coronavirus-related restrictions. And yet, despite being physically absent from the event, the world's top leaders still managed to share their vision on addressing today's most pressing issues.

    Sputnik invites you to take a tour of the UN headquarters in our latest photogallery.

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