Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 29 September 2020

Lebanese diplomat elected as vice president of UN General Assembly

Amal Mudallali, the country’s envoy to the UN, says she is 'looking forward' to work as one of 21 assistant heads of the global forum

Lebanon’s permanent representative to the United Nations Amal Mudallali attends the UN Women For Peace Association 2019 Awards Luncheon at UN headquarters in New York. Getty 
Lebanon’s permanent representative to the United Nations Amal Mudallali attends the UN Women For Peace Association 2019 Awards Luncheon at UN headquarters in New York. Getty 

Amal Mudallali, Lebanon's top diplomat at the UN, will become one of the vice presidents of its General Assembly after the Middle East country was voted to the position on Monday.

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the current 74th session of the UNGA, announced the results in a letter to all members.

"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all Vice Presidents of the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session," he wrote.

He also addressed the current crisis. "I avail of this opportunity to express my solidarity with Member States who are fighting Covid-19 and extend my sincere condolences for their loss."

Lebanon’s permanent representative to the United Nations Mrs Mudallali said she looked forward to the task.

"I look forward to be part of this historic year at UN with a great leader," she said on Twitter.

Twenty-one vice presidents are elected for each year-long session of the body and they are selected to represent all areas of the world. Traditionally the world's most powerful nations and those with permanent seats on the Security Council do not run to be a president or vice president of the General Assembly.

Alongside Lebanon, Jordan and Libya from the region also won the vote.

Turkey’s Volkan Bozkir was elected to preside over the 75th session of the UNGA from September. Although the agenda for the year is yet to be established, he has said that with the heavy workload already in place he will not look to launch new initiative rather than get concrete action on key areas already being worked.

In his statement of vision, Mr Bozkir said he plans to work to “ensure impartial and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance and full respect for international humanitarian law in conflicts and crises.”

He also said that achieving progress on UN Development Goals will also be key.

The Full list of Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly:

African States

Cameroon

Eswatini

Libya

Mali

Somalia

Togo

Asia-Pacific States

Afghanistan

Jordan

Lebanon

Palau

Turkmenistan

Eastern European States

Albania

Latin American & Caribbean States

Grenada

Paraguay

Peru

Western European and Other States

Monaco

Updated: June 30, 2020 10:39 AM

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