- President of the United Nations General Assembly
President of the
United Nations General Assembly
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 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.
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.
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. Criteria include:
- Availability to devote full-time attention for many months;
- Political independence;
- Multilateral leadership experience, including negotiation and consensus-building skills and the ability to deal with multiple powerful stakeholders; and
- A thorough understanding of the United Nations Charter.
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 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 Qatar Asia
- COS - Commonwealth Seat
- EAS - Eastern European and Asian Seat
- LAS - Latin American Seat
- MES - Middle Eastern Seat
- WES - Western European Seat
- Africa - African Group
- Asia - Asian Group
- EEG - Eastern European Group
- GRULAC - Latin American and Caribbean Group
- WEOG - Western European and Others Group
- President of the United Nations Security Council
- ^ "UN: About the General Assembly". http://www.un.org/ga/55/bgrdga.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- ^ "Proposed elections committee". http://www.unelections.org/files/IGP_PGASelectionLetter_18Jan07.pdf. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- ^ http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/index.shtml
- ^ United Nations document GA/11105
- UN: List of UN General Assembly presidents
- UN General Assembly President Election Reform.
- More news on UN elections and appointments.
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