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UN General Assembly chief Maria Fernanda Espinosa calls for climate justice

Source: The National Speaking to The National, the Ecuadorian diplomat says a total shift is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change  The world faces catastrophic climate change if governments do not put forward billions of dollars and undertake a complete societal shift, United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa warned on Monday in […]

Maria Fernanda Espinosa: UN must improve to win ‘battle’ with nationalists

Source: The National UN General Assembly President makes passionate case for global co-operation The United Nations must reform to remain relevant in a rapidly-changing world and be more assertive in taking on a rising global tide of nationalism, the president of its General Assembly has said. Maria Fernanda Espinosa used a speech at the World Government […]

Resolving regional instability a priority: UNGA President

Source: Khaleej Times The UNGA President explained that regional instability poses a challenge. The United Nations General Assembly President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa has said that a conducive environment, encompassing peaceful and good neighbourly relations, is necessary for implementing Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, in the Middle East. “I think that it is very important for the […]

UN hosts concert to celebrate Lunar New Year for first time

Source: CGTN By Hong Yaobin ‍For the first time, United Nations headquarters has celebrated the Spring Festival or Chunjie in Chinese – the most important holiday for the global Chinese community – by hosting a Lunar New Year concert. Suzhou Symphony Orchestra from east China’s Jiangsu Province staged the concert at the UN General Assembly […]

UNGA president says dialogue important to settle Kashmir dispute

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan By Shumaila Andleeb ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): As Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) simmers with mass killings, abductions and rapes, the President of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Sunday the only way to address a conflict situation between Pakistan and India was “dialogue through peaceful means”. “Dialogue is […]

U.N. General Assembly President on Nationalism, Multilateralism, U.S.-China Spat

January 7th, 2019, 9:26 PM GMT-0500 Source: Bloomberg  United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa talks about nationalism, multilateralism, and the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. She also discusses the top priorities for the UN. She speaks with Shery Ahn on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.”

UN general assembly president rebukes nationalism at World Leaders Forum

BY NOAH PERCY | OCTOBER 9, 2018, 10:39 PM Source: Columbia Spectator United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces defended international cooperation and the relevance of the United Nations in the face of widening economic inequality and climate change in a speech to students in Low Library on Wednesday. Maya Tolstoy, interim executive vice president […]

Interview: UNGA president praises China’s global role, pledges to uphold multilateralism

Source: New China TV UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces has praised China’s role in global governance and displayed a strong will to defend multilateralism and the rules-based global order.

Making the United Nations Relevant to All

Source: Daily Sun Maria Fernanda Espinosa As world leaders are convening in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly, I am only the fourth woman to preside over the gathering and the first from Latin America and the Caribbean. During my mandate, I am determined to fight against all forms of discrimination, gender discrimination […]

The Heat: UN goals and challenges

Published September 26, 2018 at 5:38 PM Source: America CGTN She’s the fourth woman to be elected president of the United Nations General Assembly – and the first woman from Latin America. CGTN’s Anand Naidoo sat down with Maria Fernanda Espinosa to discuss her priorities for the 73rd General Assembly and how gender plays a […]

GA President María Fernanda Espinosa with Al Arabiya

Source: Talal Alhaj  Diplomatic Full Interview with GA President María Fernanda Espinosa  

Meet María Fernanda Espinosa: UN General Assembly head

A writer, poet and a diplomat, Maria Fernanda Espinosa is the first woman ever from Latin America and the Caribbean to preside over the General Assembly. Source: aljazeera.com This week, Al Jazeera is going in-depth to cover this year’s UN General Assembly. Presiding over the much-anticipated event is María Fernanda Espinosa. The Ecuadorian is just the […]

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. […]

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 […]

Presidency of the UN for Ecuador, sign of a definitive change?

Miami – 5 April 2018.   On June 5th, the presidency of the UN General Assembly, composed of 193 countries, will be elected for its 73rd session. This is an important job, because it can influence the eyes and even the actions of this organization on political issues that affect millions of people in the […]

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 […]

Vanuatu supports Ecuador’s candidature for Presidency of UN General Assembly

Vanuatu – 9 April 2018. Vanuatu has officially declared its support for the candidature of Ecuador to become the President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (replacing Slovakia). Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu informed Minister Espinosa of Vanuatu’s support for her candidature in a bilateral meeting […]

ESPINOSA gains support TO GET TO THE UN

Quito – 23 March 2018.   This Thursday, the plenary session of the Andean Parliament resolved in Bogota, Colombia, to support the candidacy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, María Fernanda Espinosa, for the presidency of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. According to the agency, the support […]

ANDEAN PARLIAMENT SUPPORTS ecuador´s CANDIDATURE TO PRESIDE UN ASSEMBLY

22 March 2018.   The plenary of the Andean Parliament supported this Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Bogota the candidacy of the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, for the presidency of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) that will be held between September of this year and end […]

ANDEAN PARLIAMENT SUPPORTS ECUADOR´s CANDIDATURE TO PRESIDE UN ASSEMBLY

  22 March 2018.   The entity also assured that this is an opportunity for the South American countries to assume that position of “so important political and diplomatic representation” after 19 years. Today, the plenary of the Andean Parliament today endorsed in Bogota the candidacy of the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, for […]

A POET WANTS TO PRESIDE THE UN ASSEMBLY

  Buenos Aires – 19 March 2018.   After Argentina´s failure to name its then Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra as head of the United Nations (UN) in 2017, another woman from a South American country tries to reach one of the peaks of the world body: the Presidency of the Assembly General, who deliberates in […]

The Foreign Minister talks about women’s rights with the well-known African activist Fatoumata Tambajang

New York – 14 March 2018     The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, María Fernanda Espinosa, held a meeting at the United Nations with the renowned defender of women’s rights and human rights Fatoumata Tambajang, current vice president of Gambia. The dialogue took place on the occasion of the 62nd […]

A LATIN AMERICAN WILL PRESIDE THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  Spain – 11 March 2018.   The Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Fernanda Espinosa, is the candidate with the most possibilities. Coinciding with this candidacy, and clearly in tune with the times, Ecuador has launched a campaign promoting equality and equity policies to promote women integral development. @jgonzalez | The next session of […]

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 […]

María Fernanda Espinosa offers a presidency of the General Assembly to strengthen the United Nations

María Fernanda Espinosa offers a presidency of the General Assembly to strengthen the United Nations

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New York – 25 may, 2018.   The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, María Fernanda Espinosa offered a presidency of dialogue, transparency, geographical and gender balance and “open doors” for the General Assembly in order to achieve an Organization of the United Nations (UN) “stronger and more relevant” in search of peace, respect for human rights and sustainable development.

This was stated during the unprecedented interactive dialogue held at the United Nations headquarters in New York , in the process for the election of the new presidency of the General Assembly (PAG) for the 73rd session of 2018/2019. The meeting, which also involved the applicant of Honduras, Mary Elizabeth Flores, is the first of its kind to be held in the body, seeking to increase transparency in the election process, as recalled by the current holder of the PAG, the Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák.

The intervention of Minister Espinosa, as Ecuadorian candidate, paid attention to the different regions of the world and to the great debates and problems of humanity, such as peace, sustainable development, climate change, migration, youth and rights of women and people with disabilities, in addition to warning of the “unpaid debt” of the UN with Palestine. Neither did she forget security and she appealed to face drug trafficking, terrorism and transnational crime, with express mention of the situation suffered by the Northern border of Ecuador.

“I wish to submit to your consideration my national and international experience and my total commitment to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations”, began Espinosa with her speech , who has more than two decades of international work in addition to having held different responsibilities in the Ecuadorian Government, such as head of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Cultural and Natural Heritage.

With an intervention mainly in Spanish, and also in English and French, the Ecuadorian candidate reiterated that, at the current moment in history, the UN and multilateralism “are more necessary than ever.” In this sense, he announced “all” his efforts “to advance in the modernization” of this General Assembly “and ensure agility and effectiveness in their work”.

In relation to the functioning of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa also noted as a “priority” the monitoring and evaluation of the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals, the reforms of the Economic and Social Council as well as the Security Council.

In terms of substantive issues, she pledged to promote the “historic agreement” of the Global Compact for Secure, Ordered and Regular Migration, as well as “promote decent work and the integral development of our youth.” She also announced “special attention to the accessibility and rights of persons with disabilities”, as well as the goal of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls”.

To achieve compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals, she announced that she will give “high priority” to the needs of Small Island States, Landlocked and Least Developed Countries, as well as Middle-Income Countries. In the same way, she called for “accelerating efforts to support the African agenda” for development. “My purpose from the Presidency will be not only to talk about Africa, but to do with Africa”, she said.

After warning about the rise in temperatures on the planet, the Ecuadorian foreign minister said that the environmental and climate crisis “should arouse the greatest commitment and work” of the General Assembly. “It is essential that we advance in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, that we consolidate its work program and that we increase our levels of ambition”.

Unlike the candidacy of Honduras, María Fernanda Espinosa referred directly to the situation of the Palestinian people. “We have to exhaust efforts to achieve definitive and lasting peace in the Middle East and it is necessary to advance in compliance with the resolutions we have adopted on the subject. This organization still has a pending debt with the Palestinian people”.

In relation to peace in the world, she warned that it is necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and reminded Nelson Mandela, whose birth this year marks the centenary. “The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit will provide States with a historic opportunity to present their vision on how to prevent conflicts and how to make peace a permanent state”.

Finally, she referred to transnational crime. “Not only armed conflicts disturb the peace. Drug trafficking, terrorism and transnational organized crime are global scourges that we must face as an international community. The General Assembly must pay particular attention to these challenges. I know this by first-hand, because of the painful situation that my country is going through in its northern border”.

If elected, María Fernanda Espinosa will be the fifth woman in the history of the UN to preside over the General Assembly and will become the first South American to occupy the position. The region has not held the PGA for 19 years. Once the dialogue with the candidates has been made, the vote will be held on June 5.

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