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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 […]

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. […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

on 11/02/2019

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 Summit in Dubai to make a passionate case for internationalism at a time that she admitted a trend towards isolationism is on the increase.

Donald Trump, the US President, among others, has become a prominent and vocal critic of the UN.

At a speech at the UN last September, he rejected globalism, in line with his America First agenda, and had previously withdrawn the US from its Human Rights Council. International agreements he had ditched include the Paris climate deal and the Iran nuclear pact.

Ms Espinosa insisted that the UN, international co-operation and “a rules-based order” remain “the right and only way to address global challenges and shape our common future”. She cited terrorism, climate change and human trafficking as examples of areas in which working together between nations is essential.

She admitted, though, that the organisation, set up following World War II, has to change to remain relevant.

“Multilateralism and the United Nations are viewed with scepticism by some,” she said. “Recent landmark agreements, such as the Paris agreement and the global compact on migration, have found dissidents.

“We need to recharge and rejuvenate our narrative to make the case and reassert a vision that builds on the achievements of the last 73 years while focusing on future perspectives and emerging challenges.

“We need to be closer to the people, to society, to youth, to the private sector, media, academia, in order to strengthen public support. We must improve the way we communicate – we need to win the communication battle. Effective multilateralism is not an option, it is a necessity.”

The Ecuadorian politician said that while globalisation had brought “monumental” progress, development models had also led to increased inequality, both within and between countries. She suggested that the UN should do a better job of speaking up for the underprivileged.

“A world where nearly 783 million people live below the poverty line is unjust,” she said. “A world where women continue to be paid approximately 20 per cent less than men globally is discriminatory. The 2030 agenda for sustainable development is a survival kit, a blueprint for action. We must honour the pledge we made that no-one will be left behind.”

The make-up of the UN Security Council, which has the US, China, Russia, Britain and France as permanent members – each holding a veto on each others actions – should also be reformed, she said.

“This is a very critical and complex process,” Ms Espinosa added. “There is broad agreement that the current composition of the council, established at the end of World War II, no longer reflects the political realities of the world. Its reform would reinforce multilateralism and contribute to a more democratic and effective global governance system.

“Every analysis based on sound evidence shows we need more, not less, cooperation. But we must also do more to ensure that our multilateral institutions work better.”