For the first time in almost seven months after a lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Security Council on October 8 returned to its own chamber and held an in-person meeting. As precautionary measures, all the participants were asked to wear masks and partitions were installed between the seats of the delegations in the Security Council Chamber.
It was on March 12 when the last meeting was held in the Security Council Chamber during China’s Council presidency. Since then, all meetings went remote for four months before the Council, during Germany’s Council presidency, began to hold sporadic in-person meetings in the larger Economic and Social Council Chamber.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who chaired the meeting as president of the Security Council for the month of October, at the beginning of the meeting on Mali thanked the council members for agreeing to return to the venue.