President of the United Nations General Assembly


President of the United Nations General Assembly
President of the
United Nations General Assembly
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Emblem of the United Nations
Appointer United Nations General Assembly
Term length 1 year
Inaugural holder Paul-Henri Spaak
Formation 1946
Website List of Presidents of the UN General Assembly

The President of the United Nations General Assembly is a position voted for by representatives in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on a yearly basis.

Contents

Election

A map of the world showing the home countries of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly up until the 66th (current) session of the General Assembly in 2011-12.

The session of the assembly is scheduled for every year starting in September - any special, or emergency special, assemblies over the next year will be headed by the president of UNGA.

The presidency rotates annually between the five geographic groups: African, Asian, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean, and Western European and other States.[1]

Because of their powerful stature globally, some of the largest, most powerful countries have never held the presidency, such as the People's Republic of China, France, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In particular, it is customary that a national of a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council never serves as General Assembly president.

The only country that had a national elected as President of the United Nations General Assembly twice is Argentina; all the other member states had been represented only once by their nationals holding this office.

Reform

Clear and appropriate criteria have been proposed prior to the consideration of candidacies and to establish of an "elections committee" or, alternatively, a search committee.[2] Criteria include:

Other propositions includes presidential voting by citizens of all over the world to elect the UNGA president.

List of presidents

Session Number Year Name of President[3] UN member state Region
First 1946 Paul-Henri Spaak  Belgium WES
First special 1947 Oswaldo Aranha  Brazil LAS
Second 1947 Oswaldo Aranha  Brazil LAS
Second special 1948 José Arce  Argentina LAS
Third 1948 Herbert Vere Evatt  Australia COS
Fourth 1949 Carlos P. Romulo  Philippines EAS
Fifth 1950 Nasrollah Entezam  Iran EAS
Sixth 1951 Luis Padilla Nervo  Mexico LAS
Seventh 1952 Lester B. Pearson  Canada COS
Eighth (First Woman President) 1953 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit  India COS
Ninth 1954 Eelco N. van Kleffens  Netherlands WES
Tenth 1955 José Maza  Chile LAS
First emergency special 1956 Rudecindo Ortega  Chile LAS
Second emergency special 1956 Rudecindo Ortega  Chile LAS
Eleventh 1956 Wan Waithayakon  Thailand EAS
Twelfth 1957 Leslie Munro  New Zealand COS
Third emergency special 1958 Leslie Munro  New Zealand COS
Thirteenth 1958 Charles Habib Malik  Lebanon MES
Fourteenth 1959 Víctor Andrés Belaúnde  Peru LAS
Fourth emergency special 1960 Víctor Andrés Belaúnde  Peru LAS
Fifteenth 1960 Frederick Henry Boland  Ireland WES
Third special 1961 Frederick Henry Boland  Ireland WES
Sixteenth 1961 Mongi Slim  Tunisia MES
Seventeenth 1962 Muhammad Zafarullah Khan  Pakistan COS
Fourth special 1963 Muhammad Zafarullah Khan  Pakistan COS
Eighteenth 1963 Carlos Sosa Rodriguez  Venezuela LAS
Nineteenth 1964 Alex Quaison-Sackey  Ghana COS
Twentieth 1965 Amintore Fanfani  Italy WES
Twenty-first 1966 Abdul Rahman Pazhwak  Afghanistan Asia
Fifth special 1967 Abdul Rahman Pazhwak  Afghanistan Asia
Fifth emergency special 1967 Abdul Rahman Pazhwak  Afghanistan Asia
Twenty-second 1967 Corneliu Mănescu  Romania EEG
Twenty-third 1968 Emilio Arenales Catalan  Guatemala GRULAC
Twenty-fourth 1969 Angie Elisabeth Brooks  Liberia Africa
Twenty-fifth 1970 Edvard Hambro  Norway WEOG
Twenty-sixth 1971 Adam Malik  Indonesia Asia
Twenty-seventh 1972 Stanisław Trepczyński  Poland EEG
Twenty-eighth 1973 Leopoldo Benites  Ecuador GRULAC
Sixth special 1974 Leopoldo Benites  Ecuador GRULAC
Twenty-ninth 1974 Abdelaziz Bouteflika  Algeria Africa
Seventh special 1975 Abdelaziz Bouteflika  Algeria Africa
Thirtieth 1975 Gaston Thorn  Luxembourg WEOG
Thirty-first 1976 Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe  Sri Lanka Asia
Thirty-second 1977 Lazar Mojsov  SFR Yugoslavia EEG
Eighth special 1978 Lazar Mojsov  SFR Yugoslavia EEG
Ninth special 1978 Lazar Mojsov  SFR Yugoslavia EEG
Tenth special 1978 Lazar Mojsov  SFR Yugoslavia EEG
Thirty-third 1978 Indalecio Liévano  Colombia GRULAC
Thirty-fourth 1979 Salim A. Salim  Tanzania Africa
Sixth emergency special 1980 Salim A. Salim  Tanzania Africa
Seventh emergency special 1980 Salim A. Salim  Tanzania Africa
Eleventh special 1980 Salim A. Salim  Tanzania Africa
Thirty-fifth 1980 Rüdiger von Wechmar  Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) WEOG
Eighth emergency special 1981 Rüdiger von Wechmar  Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) WEOG
Thirty-sixth 1981 Ismat T. Kittani  Iraq Asia
Seventh emergency special - Continuation 1982 Ismat T. Kittani  Iraq Asia
Ninth emergency special 1982 Ismat T. Kittani  Iraq Asia
Twelfth special 1982 Ismat T. Kittani  Iraq Asia
Thirty-seventh 1982 Imre Hollai  Hungary EEG
Thirty-eighth 1983 Jorge E. Illueca  Panama GRULAC
Thirty-ninth 1984 Paul J. F. Lusaka  Zambia Africa
Fortieth 1985 Jaime de Piniés  Spain WEOG
Thirteenth special 1986 Jaime de Piniés  Spain WEOG
Forty-first 1986 Humayun Rashid Choudhury  Bangladesh Asia
Fourteenth special 1986 Humayun Rashid Choudhury  Bangladesh Asia
Forty-second 1987 Peter Florin  German Democratic Republic (East Germany) EEG
Fifteenth special 1988 Peter Florin  German Democratic Republic (East Germany) EEG
Forty-third 1988 Dante Maria Caputo  Argentina GRULAC
Forty-fourth 1989 Joseph Nanven Garba  Nigeria Africa
Sixteenth special 1989 Joseph Nanven Garba  Nigeria Africa
Seventeenth special 1990 Joseph Nanven Garba  Nigeria Africa
Eighteenth special 1990 Joseph Nanven Garba  Nigeria Africa
Forty-fifth 1990 Guido de Marco  Malta WEOG
Forty-sixth 1991 Samir S. Shihabi  Saudi Arabia Asia
Forty-seventh 1992 Stoyan Ganev  Bulgaria EEG
Forty-eighth 1993 Samuel Insanally  Guyana GRULAC
Forty-ninth 1994 Amara Essy  Côte d'Ivoire Africa
Fiftieth 1995 Diogo Freitas do Amaral  Portugal WEOG
Fifty-first 1996 Razali Ismail  Malaysia Asia
Tenth emergency special 1997 Razali Ismail  Malaysia Asia
Nineteenth special 1997 Razali Ismail  Malaysia Asia
Fifty-second 1997 Hennadiy Udovenko  Ukraine EEG
Tenth emergency special - Continuation 1998 Hennadiy Udovenko  Ukraine EEG
Twentieth special 1998 Hennadiy Udovenko  Ukraine EEG
Fifty-third 1998 Didier Opertti Badan  Uruguay GRULAC
Tenth emergency special - Continuation 1999 Didier Opertti Badan  Uruguay GRULAC
Twenty-first special 1999 Didier Opertti Badan  Uruguay GRULAC
Fifty-fourth 1999 Theo-Ben Gurirab  Namibia Africa
Twenty-second special 1999 Theo-Ben Gurirab  Namibia Africa
Twenty-third special 2000 Theo-Ben Gurirab  Namibia Africa
Twenty-fourth special 2000 Theo-Ben Gurirab  Namibia Africa
Fifty-fifth 2000 Harri Holkeri  Finland WEOG
Tenth emergency special - Continuation 2000 Harri Holkeri  Finland WEOG
Twenty-fifth special 2001 Harri Holkeri  Finland WEOG
Twenty-sixth special 2001 Harri Holkeri  Finland WEOG
Fifty-sixth 2001 Han Seung-soo  Republic of Korea (South Korea) Asia
Fifty-seventh 2002 Jan Kavan  Czech Republic EEG
Fifty-eighth 2003 Julian Hunte  Saint Lucia GRULAC
Fifty-ninth 2004 Jean Ping  Gabon Africa
Sixtieth 2005 Jan Eliasson  Sweden WEOG
Sixty-first 2006 Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa  Bahrain Asia
Sixty-second 2007 Srgjan Asan Kerim  Macedonia EEG
Sixty-third 2008 Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann  Nicaragua GRULAC
Sixty-fourth 2009 Ali Abdussalam Treki  Libya Africa
Sixty-fifth 2010 Joseph Deiss  Switzerland WEOG
Sixty-sixth 2011 Nassir Al-Nasser[4]  Qatar Asia

Abbreviations:

Pre-1966

Since 1966

See also

  • President of the United Nations Security Council

References

  1. ^ "UN: About the General Assembly". http://www.un.org/ga/55/bgrdga.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Proposed elections committee". http://www.unelections.org/files/IGP_PGASelectionLetter_18Jan07.pdf. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  3. ^ http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/index.shtml
  4. ^ United Nations document GA/11105

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