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

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UN general assembly president rebukes nationalism at World Leaders Forum

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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

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María Fernanda Espinosa elected president of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly

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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 […]


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?

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


  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 […]


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

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  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 […]

UN General Assembly chief Maria Fernanda Espinosa calls for climate justice

UN General Assembly chief Maria Fernanda Espinosa calls for climate justice

on 12/02/2019

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 an interview with The National.

She issued a call for “climate justice” and warned that “scary” data from recent expert reports show a lack of progress across the world.

“The ambition and the action is far behind our commitments and what we need to do,” she said, speaking at The National’s office in Abu Dhabi.

Calling for a society-wide undertaking, Ms Fernanda Espinosa said that “[recent reports] are telling us we’re not doing enough, and that humanity is under threat and we are going to disappear because millions of people are losing their livelihoods, their lands, their everything”.

The Ecuadorian diplomat, who is in the UAE to attend the World Government Summit in Dubai, warned that there are now “millions of climate refugees” and that numbers are increasing.

She admitted that there has been some progress on climate change and praised the efforts of countries such as the UAE, which is investing heavily in renewable energy production.

“What the UAE is doing it is really commendable, really putting a lot of effort and resources to change their energy metrics and that is what the entire world should do,” she said.

But Ms Fernanda Espinosa pointed out that even if the full terms of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement were met it would not come close to keeping temperatures to below the target 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“This is not a scientific or technical issue, no it is telling us – our children and future generations – that this is really a survival threat to humanity so we need to put [forward] the resources, the billions of dollars that are needed for the proper ecological transition,” she said.

While there has been significant progress in some areas of the 17 SDGs for 2030, it is true there has been unequal progress, she said.

“It is morally unacceptable that the numbers of hungry people are increasing [while] we are increasing our capacity to produce food,” she said as she called for a recommitment to the 15-year plan agreed four years ago.

She said that the “timely” World Government Summit offered an opportunity “to discuss successful governance models and how to adapt our governance to the sustainable development goals and the new multilateral challenges”.

While attending the World Government Summit, she was seen speaking to actor Harrison Ford who released a video last week warning of the dire consequences of failing to act on climate change.

Speaking at the summit on Sunday, Ms Fernanda Espinosa stressed the need to work collectively to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN’s 2030 vision that covers everything from environmental security to poverty alleviation and literacy.

But Ms Fernanda Espinosa is clear in her vision for the future of global governance and sees the UN General Assembly at its heart. During her one year presidency of the body, which began in September, she says she hopes to see crucial reforms of the global body take shape.

In her interview with The National, she described how part of this is ensuring the world body is “fit for purpose”, while much is about ensuring relevancy and accountability.

She said that management reform taking place was making the UN “more accountable, more transparent, more efficient and less bureaucratic,” in order to improve implementation of resolutions the international community agrees on.

“We do have an implementation crisis of the almost 300 resolutions that we pass every year,” she said, calling on more to be done to ensure work is followed through.

Part of that reform, addressing the near quarter of a century conversation about the role of the UN Security Council, was also being pushed forward under the two co-chairs Ms Fernanda Espinosa has appointed – the UAE and Luxembourg.

“I want to make sure that the process leads to some kind of outcome this year but we cannot be naive – it is very contentious, it is a very difficult issue,” she said. “But there is agreement on one thing: that the Security Council needs to improve its working methods and needs to adjust to the current geopolitics.”

For the leadership of a body that is so often detached from the realities of the everyday lives of peoples, Ms Fernanda Espinosa repeatedly stated her desire that the reform makes sure the UN works not just for ordinary people but for the world’s poorest people.

Last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took over the chair of the UN’s largest block – the Group of 77, a body of 134 countries that represents the world’s developing nations.

Ms Fernanda Espinosa said that the State of Palestine, which does not have full membership of the UN, is doing a good job as chair of the body.

When Mr Abbas travelled to the UN office in New York last month to take over the position, the General Assembly president stressed the need for Palestine to act in the interests of all members and not use it solely as a vehicle to push for progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

A month on, Ms Fernanda Espinosa said that Palestine was developing a program of work adopted by all members and that it was “operating as an honest broker and as an enabler of consensus building”.