The General Assembly will begin its annual speeches by world leaders on Tuesday, but before it does, it plans a separate virtual gathering to commemorate the passage of the United Nations into its fourth quarter-century.

What may have once been conceived as a simple celebration now has a more poignant, even elegiac air.

“The U.N. is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts,” the organization says on a website dedicated to the milestone. "Will we emerge stronger and better equipped to work together? Or will distrust and isolation grow further?"

The 193-member organization facing challenges on numerous fronts.

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