INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN MAY
United Nations – 25 April 2018.
For the first time in the history of the elections for the presidency of the UN General Assembly, the candidates will hold an interactive dialogue in order to increase the transparency of the process.
According to the representative of the president of the General Assembly, Brenden Varma, the scheduled date for the hearing is May 4, in the hall of the Trusteeship Council.
The two candidates for this year are from the Latin American and Caribbean group: the foreign ministers Maria Fernanda Espinosa, from Ecuador; and María Dolores Agüero, from Honduras.
In accordance with the provisions of the member states, there is a geographical rotation for each General Assembly election and now it is Latin America and the Caribbean´s turn.
Each dialogue done by the two candidates will last up to two hours and chaired by the current president of the largest UN body, Miroslav Lajcak.
First, the foreign ministers will make a brief introduction presentation, then answer questions and listen to the comments of the member states, said Varma.
If time permits, he added, there would also be room for questions from civil society or other interested parties. These questions should be sent in advance through the established online platform.
The spokesperson explained that the office of the president of the General Assembly would analyze the proposed questions in order to determine which are the most relevant for the UN and the election process. If no new candidate is presented, this will be the third time that a woman assumes the presidency of the UN General Assembly.
The two previous ones were the diplomat of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Sheikh Haya Rashed Al Khalifa (2006) and the Indian Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1953).
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