Foreign minister Espinosa will present her vision of work and commitment to the UN at a United Nations audience
Quito 5 March 2018
Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa will present her work vision and commitment to the UN in a hearing at the United Nations in May. This is a new procedure within the United Nations that seeks to democratize the General Assembly.
The statement was made public by the Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Carola Íñiguez, in the interview given today to Radio Vigía. “In May there is a very important audience at the United Nations, it is a new procedure within the UN that seeks to democratize the General Assembly and in which the candidates will present their vision of work and their commitment to the United Nations”, she said.
“This is important for us, because it gives an account of what can be done within the United Nations and the discussion of fundamental issues such as peace and security, financing for development, the 2030 Agenda, human rights and other matters of interest, ” added Íñiguez.
The Undersecretary considers it a “privilege and pride” to present the candidacy of Ecuador to preside the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) during the 73rd session. “It is very important that South America occupies this place since it has not had it for 19 years. Foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa would be the first South American woman to hold this position”, she said.
The presidency of the General Assembly of the United Nations is the most important democratic election office within the UN. “Normally the countries take turns to be able to exercise this important position. In this year by rotation it is up to the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)”, she mentioned.
For 45 years, Ecuador has not been in charge of the General Assembly and for 19 years no country in South America has presided it.
The official explained that at this time a formal stage began in which Ecuador´s candidacy to other countries and regional groups is presented. “Of the results that we have, there is a very good reception of the presence of Foreign Minister Espinosa to occupy this place”.
In addition, the Undersecretary clarified that in this case there are two factors: “one is the impossibility of Honduras to have regional endorsement and on the other hand that the support referred to by Honduras, according to the archives of the Foreign Ministry, does not exist as a reciprocal exchange, there is only one note that shows the unilateral support of Honduras to an Ecuadorian candidacy for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”, concluded Íñiguez.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs