Fiji's Ambassador to UN Wins Vote for General Assembly Presidency

Peter Thomson of Fiji won out over Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus in a 94-90 vote to become the next president of the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Monday.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The voting took place at UN Headquarters in New York, which will host the Assembly’s next opening meeting followed by a general debate on September 13-26. The session will run from September 2016 to September 2017.

“President-elect Thomson brings a broad perspective to his new post,” Ban continued. “He is a staunch advocate of both sustainable development and climate action. I count on him to help us carry out both the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.”

The new president will be tasked with organizing the work of the General Assembly, the only UN body that gives equal representation to all 192 member states.

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