United Nations General Assembly ends

UN General Assembly

The UN emblem hangs above the podium in UN General Assembly Hall during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. ( John Angelillo/Pool Photo via AP)

From major pledges on COVID-19 and climate change, to the flaring of long-held international disputes, the 76th United Nations General Assembly high-level week wasn’t short on drama.

Many more world leaders than expected chose to attend the debate in New York in person, with at least one delegate testing positive for COVID-19.

And despite warnings that this year’s event would be much smaller than in the past due to the pandemic, analysts say it was almost back to business as usual.