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 the UN, starting next September, will very likely be chaired by a woman, the Ecuadorian Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility. It has been 45 years ago that an Ecuadorian has not occupied this position and 19 years that no South American representative does. This year the position corresponds to the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the rotating region mechanism and, although it is not the only candidacy of the region, Espinosa seems to be the best placed.
The current head of Ecuadorian foreign policy has a long curriculum and a long international career of more than 20 years. During the previous government of Rafael Correa, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense. She was also Ecuador’s ambassador to the UN office in Geneva and New York. In addition, has experience in international negotiations on peace, security, defense, human rights and the environment.
The other candidate to preside over the main deliberative organ of the United Nations is the Honduran María Elizabet Flores, ambassador of her country to the UN. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Honduras, María Dolores Agüero, demands that Ecuador complies with an unwritten agreement of 2015, in which the Central American country supported the Ecuadorian Patricio Pazmiño Freire, to occupy a position in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in exchange of the Ecuadorian support for Honduras to preside over the UN General Assembly.
Now, with a new government in Quito, presided by Lenin Moreno, Ecuador re-launches its candidacy saying that María Fernanda Espinosa “has the profile and experience necessary to lead and strengthen the work of the General Assembly of the United Nations.”
The candidates must present their proposals and work plans to the Assembly in the month of May, and then the voting will take place in June. However, Espinosa already sent a letter to the UN in which she points out among her priorities “bringing the United Nations closer to the people” and working in an “open, effective, transparent and inclusive way”. She also opted to provide quick responses from the Assembly to emerging situations and pay special attention to people in a situation of greater vulnerability.
The Ecuadorian minister mentioned last week to Radio Cultura de Buenos Aires (Argentina), that she has important support, even from outside of the region, but was prudent about this special issue.
Coinciding with this candidacy, and clearly in tune with the times, Ecuador has launched a campaign promoting policies of equality and equity promoting the integral development of women. Initiative that intends to be imposed even in its diplomacy. The proposal was presented this February 21 in a document of 79 pages, under the idea of promoting a peace diplomacy with equity. Now, of the 68 ambassadors in active service that Ecuador has, only 11 are women, which represents only 34% of the total.
The UN General Assembly decided last year to form a special working group to revitalize its work, to determine new methods to revitalize its function, authority, effectiveness and efficiency.
One of the issues that will be found in the presidency of the next General Assembly, whether it is the Ecuadorian candidate or the Honduran candidate, will be to face the non-payment situation of several member countries, which, being unaware of their quotas, are deprived of their right to vote. These are the Central African Republic, Yemen, Libya and Venezuela. Four other countries that are also out of date are Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau and Comoros retain their right to vote under the exception that allows a member state to argue that circumstances beyond its control contributed to its inability to pay.
Source: New Tribune Spain