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 Manhattan, New York.
The Ecuadorian politics María Fernanda Espinosa, who besides of occupying in her country (for the second time) the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, she meets the peculiar condition of being a recognized poet who won in her country the National Poetry Prize in 1990.
fHer verses, according to specialists, characterized by expressive power, erotic themes and sensual tone. The poems in her books -Cymándote (1990), Tatuaje de selva (1992), Loba triste (2000), Antología (2005) – were also reproduced in several international publications (International Poetry Review, Hispamérica, Alforja, Mujeres poetas en el país de las nubes). She has also starred in poetry recitals in this country, Chile, Spain and Switzerland.
Espinosa, 53, born in Salamanca, Spain, graduated from the French high school and the Catholic University in Quito. She then obtained master’s degrees at FLACSO and PhD at Rutgers University, New Jersey, United States. Her specialties are environmental geography, ecological problems, and indigenous rights.
“It is time for South America to be adequately represented in the UN General Assembly,” proclaimed the candidate, who has the full support of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. Almost 20 years ago, that South America has not lead the deliberative body.
Latin America will have to preside over the next session, number 75, which will start in September 2018 and end one year later. In June, the ambassadors of the 193 member countries will choose between the two candidates, Espinosa and the ambassador of Honduras, María Elizabeth Flores.
The Ecuadorian representative already anticipated that she wants to hold at the UN “meetings and debates on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and intensify “the climate change agenda” because “the Paris Agreement is valuable and its compliance is necessary” , in opposition to what the Government of the United States has been holding.
She also said that she would address many other problems that afflict humanity: “Maintain our commitment with migrants around the world,” “the fight against all forms of racial discrimination deserves the greatest support” and “the development and reduction of inequalities must continue to be the engine of a global agenda.”
Her political career in Ecuador stands out for having co-founded, in 2006, the now ruling Alianza País (social democrat), which first brought Rafael Correa and Lenin Moreno to the Presidency of the country last year. The foreign minister, in the government of the Correa, she headed the ministries of Defense and of Natural and Cultural Heritage and was Ecuadorian ambassador to the UN.
Source: Mercantile Gazette