María Fernanda Espinosa elected president of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly
United Nations – New York, June 5, 2018.
Today, María Fernanda Espinosa was elected as president of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), becoming the first woman in Latin America and the fourth worldwide to occupy that appointment in the 73 years of life of the organization.
The Ecuadorian candidacy was supported by 128 countries of the 192 states that voted against the Honduran candidacy. This is the first time in history that two Latin American women participate in the UN’s highest-level election.
The president-elect indicated that the vote is an act of strengthening multilateralism and thanked the vote of confidence deposited in Ecuador.
“This process that today culminates, more than a competition, represents a celebration of the founding principles of our organization (…) I appreciate the most generous expressions of support and confidence, from the countries of my beloved region of Latin America and the Caribbean, and from all regions of the world, “said the diplomat.
During her speech, she paid homage to the women of the world and especially “to women who struggle every day to access jobs on equal terms, to women and girls who are victims of violence, to girls and adolescents who demand access to quality information and education. My commitment will be with them”, highlighted Espinosa.
The diplomat reiterated her commitment to exercise an open-door presidency and to act “as an impartial, objective and open facilitator”, and to promote the reforms and processes that are necessary for the strengthening of the organization.
“We have the challenge of building a stronger and more efficient organization. The strengthening of multilateralism is not an option, it is an obligation, “affirmed the president-elected and mentioned the need for the organization to approach to the people” connecting their decisions directly to their beneficiaries , who are the citizens”.
The foreign minister thanked the support of the Ecuadorian people and President Lenin Moreno to represent Ecuador in this dignity.
María Fernanda Espinosa, 53, has extensive international experience in multilateral issues, integration, security and defense, human rights, climate change, rights of indigenous peoples and nationalities.
After her election, the president must organize her cabinet that is organized following the functions and powers of the Assembly, following to its subsidiary bodies and the ongoing intergovernmental negotiation processes. The cabinet is made up of professionals from different countries of the world, generally with criteria of geographical representation, foreign service professionals from these countries, United Nations staff, its Secretariat or System bodies.
Source: Cancillería del Ecuador