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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 […]

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 […]

UNGA president says dialogue important to settle Kashmir dispute

UNGA president says dialogue important to settle Kashmir dispute

on 20/01/2019

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 the only tool to have sustainable and peaceful solution to such conflicts,” the UNGA president said when asked to comment on Kashmir’s unresolved dispute on the UN Security Council’s agenda, as the civilians of IoK suffered with persistent human rights abuses.

Maria Fernanda Espinosa, who is on a five-day visit to Pakistan – her maiden trip to an Asian country since she assumed office in September and also the first by a UNGA president in eight years – spoke about the UN’s role to encourage dialogue to prevent or end conflict for sustainable peace.

“Dialogue [between India and Pakistan] is a must and these are also the recent words of UN Secretary General regarding the Kashmir issue,” Espinosa said in an exclusive interview with APP.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday at a press conference in New York had expressed the hope that India and Pakistan would be able to engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their disputes, pointing out that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had clearly spoken about the deteriorating human rights situation in the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

On Pakistan’s long fight against terrorism, Espinosa said the country after the painful experience had achieved a “successful response-capacity to counter terrorism”.

“Terrorism is a scar phenomenon and also a trans-boundary issue that requires a strong global action,” she said, while mentioning the efforts of UN Counter Terrorism Office established some years ago.
She commended Pakistan for making a difference in global peace through its UN peacekeeping troops – one among the four largest contributing countries- deputed in different parts of the conflict-hit world.
The UNGA president said Pakistan deserved acknowledgment for facing protracted refugee situation for four decades and hosting 2.7 million Afghan refugees.

She mentioned that the UNGA in December had adopted the Global Compact of Refugees that called for greater cooperation and burden sharing of around 65 million refugees around the world.

The UNGA president said Pakistan being highly vulnerable to adversaries of climate change was “making enormous efforts to strengthen its response capacity and adaptation mechanism”.

She said the government’s 10 billion tree plantation was an ambitious project to improve soil quality and increase water preservation – the example needed to be followed by other countries as well.

Espinosa, who on Saturday planted a sapling in the hills of Islamabad, said it was a “very humble yet symbolic contribution” to plant one tree out of 10 billion.

On Pakistan’s minimal contribution to global warming – less than one per cent of the total annual global greenhouse emissions, Espinosa said the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was an umbrella with an important “principle of common but differentiated responsibilities”.

“It means that the climate change affects different countries with different intensities and the paradox is that the more vulnerable are often the ones that contribute less to global emissions. That is the case with Pakistan as well.”
The UNGA president said Pakistan was on the right track in terms of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030. She, however, stressed to focus more on making quality education accessible, especially for women and girls as 22 million of them were still out of school.

She particularly mentioned the “people-centric approach” of Prime Minister Imran Khan and said her discussions with the government people were “so fruitful because we spoke the same way”.

“On rights-based and people-centric approach to development and with firm commitment to SDG 2030 Agenda, we are on the same page,” she said.

Espinosa said she was touched by the commitment of Prime Minister Imran Khan, leading personally the national strategy to combat poverty.

“That’s what we need, the political commitment at the highest level,” she said, adding that the government’s plan to provide 10 million new jobs particularly to youth to matched the country’s demographic pyramid.