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 on the margins of the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the 4th of April.
Minister Regenvanu also conveyed to her Vanuatu’s wishes and priorities to be addressed by the United Nations during her forthcoming term.
The election of the new President will take place during the United Nations General Assembly in September this year.
Minister Espinosa has been Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on two separate occasions, and has been Ecuador’s Permanent Representative to United Nations in New York and in Geneva.
She has also been Minister of Cultural and Natural Heritage and Minister of National Defence.
Prior to entering politics, Espinosa served as the Regional Director for South America and Senior Adviser on Biodiversity Policies and Indigenous Peoples for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and also was a University professor.
Ecuador was instrumental during its term as Chair of the Special Committee on Decolonisation in advancing the cause of New Caledonia’s independence.