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  1. Nov 2020
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    1. Under this method, draft resolutions are circulated by the President of the General Assembly, which gives Member States a deadline of at least 72 hours, to raise objections. If there are no objections, the President circulates a letter, confirming that the resolution has been adopted.

      Explanation of 'silent procedure' which is increasingly used in diplomacy to accelerate decision making. It creates more dynamics in policy making.

      Kath, we can include growing importance of 'silent procedure' as a way to accelerate diplomacy. I can double check - but I think that it is practice developed in the EU which is now extended by the UN.

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    2. The same procedure will apply for a series of special high-level sessions scheduled to take place, including a commemoration of the landmark 75th anniversary of the United Nations; a summit on biodiversity; and a meeting to commemorate, and promote, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

      In summary for the FF you can also include some of official info what will be held in hybrid way (online + in situ).

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    1. This article is particularly relevant for Kath's project on post-COVID diplomacy. It provides realistic analysis of challenges in diplomacy.

      Author argues that COVID-19 changes, including growing relevance of digital diplomacy, are here to stay.

      The most important insight is that shift towards new diplomacy will be driven by financial pressure on ministries of foreign affairs triggered by pandemic financial crisis and possibility to do diplomacy 'differently' (online). In democratic countries, this pressure will come from parliaments and general public that have been always suspicious of diplomacy as elitist profession.

      Another important point is about growing control of politicians over foreign policy and diplomacy.

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    2. With inevitably tighter budgets, foreign ministries will face some tough choices over the coming years.

      Financial pressure will be stronger on diplomatic services. They will be asked why they use resources to have people in embassies while they can use online meetings as they did during COVID-19 crisis.

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    1. "encouraged to move all side events to virtual platforms to limit the footprint and number of people in the U.N. building."

      Preparations for UN 75

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