ASSEMBLY OF THE UN WILL”INTERVIEW” THE TWO CANDIDATES THAT AIM TO PRESIDE IT
25 April 2018.
The two candidates to preside over the next session of the UN General Assembly, the Honduran Mary Elizabeth Flores and the Ecuadorian Maria Fernanda Espinosa, will present their priorities and will be submitted to the questions of the member states on May 4, said the organization on Tuesday, April 17. Flores and Espinosa will participate in two “informal dialogues” with the members of the General Assembly, a sort of interview that the United Nations has already used for the selection of its current secretary general, António Guterres. The elections to the General Assembly scheduled for next June 5 and, if there are no surprises, it will face Flores, current ambassador of Honduras to the UN, and Espinosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador. The two candidates will have up to two hours each to present their vision to the countries and answer their questions, said spokesperson Brenden Varma on Tuesday, April 17 to the reporters. If time permits, they will also answer questions raised by civil society, he added. These dialogues used for the first time in elections to the General Assembly, will be openly held and can be followed online from all over the world.
According to Varma, the goal is to achieve greater “transparency” in the selection process. The elections to the General Assembly of the UN have opened a diplomatic dispute between the two Latin American countries, since Honduras defends that Ecuador had committed in 2015 to support its candidacy. However, Ecuador presented Espinosa this year as a candidate, which led the Honduran government to express its displeasure and to ask for the withdrawal of that nomination. The presidency of the UN General Assembly corresponds each year, in turn; to a specific region and this time, it will be led by Latin America and the Caribbean as of next September, when the new session begins.
Source: El Telégrafo