UN General Assembly elects Fiji representative as seventy-first President
Written by Morenike Adebayo on June 14, 2016
The United Nations General Assembly has elected Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as its seventy-first President. Thomson, who contested alongside Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ioannis Kasoulides, got ninety-four votes to emerge winner.
Kasoulides polled ninety votes out of a total of one hundred and ninety-two votes collated, with seven votes invalid.
Addressing delegates immediately after his election, Thomson said he will be vocal on climate change during his presidency. He assured that his presidency is presidency for all.
Made up of all the one hundred and ninety-three Member States of the United Nations, the General Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.
It meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required. The seventy-first Regular Session will convene at the UN Headquarters on the thirteenth of September, 2016.