This week, New York City is preparing to host more than 150 heads of state and government, hundreds of ministers, thousands of diplomats, non-governmental organisation employees and journalists for the United Nations (UN) 78th General Assembly.
New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief Edward Caban commented on the security measures taken in the city.
Caban stated that New York City is on the global stage at this time of the year and called on citizens to use public transport for faster and safer transport and to be patient due to the intense security measures taken.
Stating that there has been no significant threat to the UN and New York City in general so far, Caban said that the NYPD is mobilising all resources to keep the city safe with other security units and to ensure that daily life runs smoothly.
Rodrigo Victor da Paixao, Deputy Head of the UN Security and Safety Service, stated that they were prepared as security as they always hosted heads of state or government at the UN headquarters during the year, but that they called additional UN security personnel from other duty areas to New York due to the intense participation in September.
Paixao noted that they started security coordination and work for the opening of the UN General Assembly months in advance and carried out drills on issues such as fire, medical conditions, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and emergency evacuations.
Emphasising that special security risk assessments for the UN General Assembly week were prepared together with New York City security forces and federal units, Paixao said, "We are ready for all the worst scenarios."